The Brewhaus Bar on the North Shore reopened today, five weeks after a kitchen fire forced the German-style restaurant and tavern to shut down.
Hunter Hart, owner of the Frazier avenue eatery, said the kitchen has been totally redone after a morning grease fire on Jan. 22 damaged most of the restaurant cooking area.
"We basically did an overhaul of the entire kitchen and while we were doing that to keep our staff busy and earning some money we came up with a bunch of projects like redoing our planters and picnic tables and other projects," he said.
The upgrade of the 75-seat restaurant has not changed the menu or broad array of beers offered at the Brewhaus. The entire 24 employee staff has stayed with the restaurant, due in part to help from other bars and downtown merchants who helped out during the restaurant shutdown, Hart said.
"This is tough thing to go through, but Chattanooga pulled together and really helped us out," he said. "We're glad to be back open and looking for a big weekend."