somewhere between the kitchen and serving area.

 

hanover restaurant destroyed by fireBecause of the extent of damage, the Fire Marshal’s Office has been unable to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a landmark restaurant in Machias Friday morning.

They do know it began somewhere between the kitchen and serving area.

The first call to Helen’s Restaurant on Main Street came in around 1:45 AM.

Because of the extent of damage, the Fire Marshal’s Office has been unable to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a landmark restaurant in Machias Friday morning.

They do know it began somewhere between the kitchen and serving area.

According to their Facebook page, no one was inside at the time.

The roof of the restaurant caved in, and the building is nearly flat.

Crews from several towns are still working on putting any remaining hot spots.

Many in the community are in shock over the loss of a beloved gathering spot.

“It is devastating. It effects everyone not just the people who worked here but the entire community. It’s a big loss,” said Rachael Kelley, a cook and baker at Helen’s restaurant.

“It’s like our second home. We’re here almost every single day,” said another cook and baker, Julie Stevens.

“The waitresses were like family. We were treated just like being home but better. I’m it just mean a lot when you have a business that is part of the community and it isn’t just about making money. It’s about making people feel like they belong to something bigger,” said a regular customer, Mary Stubbs.

Route 1 in Machias will be closed for most of the day.

Helen’s opened in 1950 and moved to it’s present location in 1983.

In recent years, the restaurant became known world-wide for its blueberry pie.

Just hours after the fire, a go-fund-me site has been set up to help those effected by the Helen’s Restaurant fire. You can find the site here.

According to their Facebook page, no one was inside at the time.

The roof of the restaurant caved in, and the building is nearly flat.

Crews from several towns are still working on putting any remaining hot spots.

Many in the community are in shock over the loss of a beloved gathering spot.

“It is devastating. It effects everyone not just the people who worked here but the entire community. It’s a big loss,” said Rachael Kelley, a cook and baker at Helen’s restaurant.

“It’s like our second home. We’re here almost every single day,” said another cook and baker, Julie Stevens.

“The waitresses were like family. We were treated just like being home but better. I’m it just mean a lot when you have a business that is part of the community and it isn’t just about making money. It’s about making people feel like they belong to something bigger,” said a regular customer, Mary Stubbs.

Route 1 in Machias will be closed for most of the day.

Helen’s opened in 1950 and moved to it’s present location in 1983.

In recent years, the restaurant became known world-wide for its blueberry pie.

Just hours after the fire, a go-fund-me site has been set up to help those effected by the Helen’s Restaurant fire. You can find the site here.

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