On August 1, the Creek House Diner in Bethel opened to a steady stream of customers. This was the restaurant’s first day open after a devastating fire on January 22, 2018 had caused an unexpected closure and required the gutting of the structure.
Long-time customers of the restaurant may notice some significant changes in the interior, which all had to be completely refinished, due in large to the smoke and water damage caused by the fire.
In an open letter recounting her experience since the fire, owner Ginger Boardman of South Royalton gave thanks to all who have come to aid during the recovery process.
“This was much harder than when I first opened in 2007, requiring much more time and effort than I could have imagined,” she wrote.’
“I have thrown a dart at the calendar so many times, it’s unreal,” she continued.
Boardman extended many thanks to the helping hands who came together to rebuild the entire interior of the restaurant, including floors, walls, ceiling, furnishings, and fixtures.
“We have finally made it,” she reflected.
Numerous contractors, ranging from as close by as Bethel, to as far flung as Charlestown, N.H., assisted in the building’s remodel.
She extended a special thank you to her staff, for helping in any way possible, and providing emotional support when she needed it most. She recalled all the community support she had received during the course of the last eight months, saying that these words of encouragement had helped keep her going, even when things had seemed insurmountable.
Boardman said that she plans to come back stronger than ever, with new menu offerings, and more local farm-to-table items.
In addition to the many changes in the restaurant’s decorum, it was heartening for locals to see so many customers in the parking lot again. Some folks even came solely for the merit of savoring sought-after maple creemees in the soft light of early morning.
-- SETH BUTLER