After an eight-week closure, the restaurant Red Ginger will be reopening their doors on Wednesday, July 23 at 3 p.m. in downtown Traverse City.
On Friday, May 30th, Red Ginger was evacuated after a pillar collapsed around 7:30 p.m. During the incident, no one was injured.
The column that fell in May, has been replaced with a steel column covered by drywall. According to Red Ginger, extra steel support has been added to two other columns to ensure more support.
"We were as anxious as anyone to reopen our doors," says Pam Marsh, Red Ginger owner. "It was very hard to be patient, but the support from the community, our vendors, staff, and the outpouring of well-wishes from our customers really helped as we awaited the go-ahead to reopen."
The restaurant will no longer be open for lunch hours. Marsh says they will be open from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for happy hour and dinner from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m, Monday through Thursday, and until 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
During the closure, the Marshes continued to pay around 60 employees, whom they offered as volunteers to area non-profits.
The incident still remains under investigation by engineers, who currently do not know why the pillar collapsed.