Friday, March 14, 2014
Susan Lambert was busy taking orders Thursday as a line of customers patiently waited for their favorite pizzas, subs and other sandwiches at the newly reopened Georgetown Family Pizza in Maryville.
It was the third day of business since Oct. 24 when the restaurant was destroyed by fire.
Lambert said when she reopened on Tuesday, customers began pouring in and it was that way again Wednesday and Thursday.
Cooks Tracy Jones and Aimee Louise have been very busy filling orders but were glad to be back at work.
Lambert said while the fire was devastating, it helped her see how valuable the restaurant is in the Maryville community. She said residents helped with the rebuilding process. Without that help, she said, it would have taken much longer for the reopening to happen.
“It makes you humble because you see their concern comes from the heart,” Lambert said.
And, unlike the businesses that burned on Front Street a month before the GFP fire, the cleanup and rebuilding efforts took place with no help from the city or state.
Bob Lambert, Susan’s husband, said former City Council member Paige Sawyer was the only council member who visited the restaurant during or after the fire.
“We got here by not looking back. The good Lord told me to look ahead and that it would be better than it was,” he said. Lambert said because there was no fire insurance on the business, he thought he would run out of money before the reconstruction was complete.
“I knew we would be back one day but not this fast,” he said. “The customers have been great.”