A Matlock business is set to re-open, months after a fire ripped through the premises.
Stones restaurant, on Dale Road, will re-open for business on May 14th.
Last September, work began on a major redevelopment of the 32-cover restaurant, but a fire in the building just a month later forced owners to reschedule plans.
Stones Restaurant Manager Jade Himsworth said: “Initially, we were overwhelmed by the fire; it was incredibly disheartening.
“However, that is nothing compared to how overwhelmed we were by the number of messages of support we received.
“Those good wishes really helped us deal with, and bounceback from, the toughest of times. We want to repay all those good people by delivering a restaurant that they can truly enjoy.”
The restaurant’s completed expansion will include a larger restaurant and kitchen, redesigned rest rooms and a new riverside conservatory and terrace offering unique views of the picturesque River Derwent.
Increasing in size will also allow Stones to host wedding receptions and private parties,
lunches and dinners.
Stones Head Chef Kevin Stones added: “Before the fire, from a professional and personal point of view, serving a full dining room was superb.
“However, having to turn diners away was heart-breaking. I became a chef to ensure as many people as possible enjoyed how I think food should be sourced, prepared and served. The larger kitchen and dining room will allow me to really spread my wings and start showing some of the ideas I’ve had scribbled down in my recipe books for years. 2013 is going to be incredibly exciting, I can’t wait.”
Bookings for the new Stones can be made via 01629 56061 or via email on email@example.com