SAN DIEGO – Two months after a kitchen fire force it to close for repairs, the popular bayfront Fish Market restaurant reopened Monday.
The restaurant, which is located at 750 North Harbor Drive, closed for repairs after a fire started in the kitchen on May 27. The fire caused more than $1 million in damage.
The owners took the opportunity to remodel, updating the color scheme, ceiling, fabrics and wall coverings. They also paid all 300 employees their full salaries for the two months while under construction.
"I’ve been here a long time and this is a long time coming. We’re excited to be open again and serve. This place is family and our customers are family," said manager Ai Ybarrondo while tears streamed down her face.
Fans of the restaurant said they called week after week, eagerly waiting for the chance to get back in. By lunch hour on opening day, the place was packed and reservations are recommended for dinner.
The Top of the Market, which was the most heavily damaged part of the restaurant, will remain closed for at least six more weeks.