Two restaurants destroyed by fire on Ocean Drive in Hampton Beaches on Friday have interrupted their last meal of the summer
The three-alarm smoke blaze that started from the ceiling of the North Beach Bar and Grill just after midnight spread to the undisclosed location restaurant, according to Hampton Fire Chief Michael McMahon. Cinnamon Rainbows surf shop damaged by smoke.
The two restaurants announced on their respective Instagram accounts that they would not be reopening this season.
“We are devastated and unfortunately will not be reopening. Thank you to all our customers, staff, friends and family for bringing us amazing years of fun, (sometimes stressful) memories. Thanks to the Hampton Fire Department for their hard work Work and keep everyone safe. We will miss your face,” North Beach Bar and Grill wrote Saturday morning.
The undisclosed location released Friday that they were “totally devastated” by the fire and closed for the rest of the year.
Photos of the damage posted by photographer Erica Nardone show water and smoke damage to the kitchen and dining area of the North Beach Grill.
Multiple pathways to employment and financial assistance have been provided to workers at both restaurants to assist them with employment and finances.
Hampton-based Galley Hatch posted on the Seacoast Eats Facebook page that they will be hiring staff from both restaurants to fill their vacancies for backstage, host, exhibition, cafe help and kitchen positions.
“We are very sorry for what happened last night, we are sending love and hope you recover as soon as possible,” the restaurant wrote.
They are also promoting a GoFundMe page to collect donations, which will be given to owners of two restaurants to distribute to their workers.
More evidence that restaurant business is tough
Mike Somers, president and CEO of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association, was disappointed by news of the restaurant’s future plans.
“It’s frustrating to hear that businesses won’t reopen after an unfortunate event like this. It’s a very tough time in the restaurant industry with inflationary pressures, supply chain challenges, labor challenges. You stack it all up and it It’s just getting into this business that’s really tough,” Summers told Seacoast Current.
The group does offer two avenues of help for workers and owners.
Somers said they set up a public Facebook group called “NH Restaurant, Hotel and Attraction Jobs Committee” for job postings.
The other is the New Hampshire Hotel Employee Relief Fund, which applies to all foodservice, hotel and attractions workers, regardless of whether their employer is a member of the association. Since the fund’s inception in 2020, more than $200,000 has been distributed to 800 workers to help workers affected by the shutdown during the pandemic.
“This is an opportunity for these employees to apply for assistance and support to help them bridge the gap between now and their next job. Whether they are members or not, we are happy to help them,” Summers said.
Cinnamon Rainbows suffered minimal damage and offered its condolences to the restaurant. They are optimistic that they will be able to reopen soon.
Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or by Twitter @DanAlexanderNH
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