Restaurant reopens 11 months after fire

Posted: Monday, February 08, 2010

FAIRBANKS - A popular Fairbanks eatery closed by fire last year has reopened.

Sam's Sourdough Cafe was a landmark near the University of Alaska Fairbanks, known for its sourdough pancakes and reindeer sausage.

A fire March 14 destroyed the business, but when it reopened at 6 a.m. Saturday, about 65 people were in line for a crack at the breakfast menu.

Ann Erickson and her daughter, Hilary, were among the early risers. She tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the diner had become their favorite breakfast spot since it opened in 1987.

Owner Sharon Nault says she and her family began plans to rebuild even as the building continued to smolder on the day of the fire.

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