Cassidy restaurant hoping for quick rebirth after devastating fire

Owner Kristina Stauffer hopes to be open by next spring

Back on May 28, Country Kitchen restaurant in Cassidy went up in flames.

Nowadays the owner of the place is thinking of the glass as half full and hopes to re-open in the spring.

A faulty cappuccino machine was the cause of the fire which destroyed the entire building, a case which Cst. Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP described as “non-suspicious.”

This was not a case of arson.

“Our plan is to rebuild,” said owner Kristina Stauffer. “The demolition has started and the current building is pretty much gone. We are moving forward as quickly as we can.”

Stauffer and co now have to go about applying to the Regional District of Nanaimo for a new building permit, and she says the RDN have been “very cooperative and respectful.”

Stauffer herself has lived in the vicinity of Cassidy all her life, after growing up in Cedar and attending high school in Ladysmith.

“Our original thoughts were we would open up again in six months,” she said. “The way things are going it’s looking more likely we will open up in the late winter, early spring.”

According to Stauffer, continuing to look on the bright side is key in moving forward.

“It was devastating, I’ve never been through a fire before. I’m staying positive and hopeful as we move forward, that’s been the only thing that is keeping me going. I’ve wanted to own the building since I was a teenager.”

Stauffer first became the owner in November of last year and as of this past Sunday, opened up a mobile kitchen close to the site to keep things ticking over.

The kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. all week.

Further updates and details can also be found on the Cassidy Country Kitchen Facebook page.