If the cleanup process stays on track, Lisciandro's Restaurant will be serving Jamestown residents breakfast and lunch once again next week.
Owner John Lisciandro said he is planning to reopen the restaurant, 207 N. Main St., Jamestown, Saturday, Jan. 18, following the Sunday fire which occurred next door at The Pub. The cause was a poor electrical connection near the entryway.
''Once the cleaning crew gets through we will be opening on Saturday (Jan. 18),'' Lisciandro said.
Lisciandro said besides cleaning, ceiling work also needs to be done before reopening.
''They say once smoke gets into the ceiling tiles it doesn't come out,'' he said. ''So they suggested we get them changed. Tim Desmond (TM Desmond Construction) is changing the ceiling tiles. We also had to fix two holes in the wall, but they've been fixed. The ceiling and cleaning are the biggest set backs, and losing product.''
Lisciandro said he will be pleased once things return to normal.
''I'm lost right now. I still go to the restaurant every morning at 5 a.m. I can't sleep,'' he said. ''I've been meeting some friends here at 5 or 6 o'clock having coffee, and I can't charge them for it, which they like.''
Lisciandro said the support he has received from the Jamestown community has been overpowering, and he is very grateful to everyone.
''I want to thank the police and fire for what they did. I thought we were done. They just did one hell of a job to save what they did. The way they risk their lives and do what they do is beyond me,'' he said. ''The mayor (Sam Teresi) and Vince DeJoy (city development director) giving us support meant a lot. The help, they were crying and upset too. One girl has worked for me for 23 years, one for 15 years and another for eight years. My dishwasher has been here for six years now. It is one big family that we have working here.''
Greg Lindquist, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation director, said Lisciandro will receive money from the JRC to help with the cleanup and to improve the restaurant's windows and awning. Lindquist said it is important for community residents to lend their support to both businesses.
''When disaster sets in like this it is a unified voice from the community that inspires the business owners to reopen,'' he said. ''These are two community mainstays that have been open for a long time, and everyone understands how important they are to downtown. We encourage any community resident to offer their words of encouragement.''