MARYSVILLE, Wash. - The Village Restaurant, a popular eatery in Marysville, is now closed after an early morning fire Sunday, leaving at least 20 people without a job.
The two-alarm fire started around 4 a.m. and damaged the roof and interior of the building. The restaurant was built in 1937 and started as the "Pie House" on Highway 99. It relocated to 220 Ash Avenue, where it still received rave reviews online for its pies.
Customers say they came for pie and stayed for the camaraderie. Jeff MacDonald, who has been coming to the Village for almost 20 years, say it was more than a restaurant. It was kind of a community center where various groups would hold meetings throughout the week.
"Sad to see what's happened to it. There are going to be a lot of people hurting right now," said MacDonald.
"This is such an expected tragedy for our work family and community," said the restaurant's manager Jessica Dooley. "It's absolutely unimaginable watching the establishment that you've walked into every day for ten-plus years crumble before your eyes. Most importantly, no one was hurt."
Dooley says she's hoping crowd-funding will soon help the workers.
(More) "It's absolutely unimaginable watching the establishment that you've walked into every day for 10+ years crumble before your eyes."— Michelle Li (@MichelleLiTV) February 19, 2017
firefighters estimate the damage at more than one million dollars. There was no word on what caused the fire.
RE Com Fire, 220 Ash Ave / VILLAGE RESTAURANT, Msvl— SnoCo Crime (@SnoCoCrime) February 19, 2017
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