Restaurant prepares to open its doors once again - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Restaurant prepares to open its doors once again

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JOHNSTON CITY -- For four months, Michael's in Johnston City has been closed, but it's opening its doors once again.

"We're all excited because it's been a long four months," said Michael Intravaia, owner of the restaurant.

Intravaia started the restaurant in 1980 after graduating high school, but it was a fire in July that forced him to close his doors.

"We were actually open for business and I was getting ready to come to work a got a phone call saying we have sparks coming out of the electrical box," he said.

The fire that started in the electrical panel and destroyed much of the ceiling and wiring in the building. However with the help of friends, it's all been put back together.

"Without them, I probably wouldn't be open until next year," Intravaia said.

Almost all of his employees are coming back to work and Intravaia said it's been exciting for all of them.

"It's only hours away, not weeks or months away. They were calling me every single week asking me when. When? When?"

Now they have an answer. 

Michael's reopens Monday, November 27 at 4 p.m.

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