Graefelfing – The initial shock is over, the fight for the future continues: Two weeks ago today, the third floor and the roof truss of the house in Graefelfinger Maria-Eich-Straße, in which the restaurant D'Ivino (formerly: Laurus) resides, in flames.
Since then restaurateur Ivo Susana has been doing everything to be able to reopen his restaurant as soon as possible.
Now there is a ray of light.
As reported, in the early afternoon of March 10, smoke was billowing out of the skylights, a little later the flames erupted and the roof truss was ablaze.
The Graefelfing fire brigade was on the spot just five minutes after the full alarm went off and also asked for the support of the Planegger comrades in order to be able to attack with two turntable ladders.
The stormy wind fanned the flames again and again.
When the fire was out, there was a large hole in the roof, which the fire department covered with tarps.
Firefighting water and foam had flowed down the stairwell into the basement;
the police spoke of around half a million euros in damage.
But the restaurant, which is located on the ground floor, was completely spared.
Hence Ivo Susana's optimism, who said in a Merkur interview on Monday after the fire: "I hope to be able to open the restaurant again in a few days." However, it did not happen that quickly.
First of all, for safety reasons, the gas and electricity for the entire building had been shut off.
In the meantime, the fire investigators of the Kripo were on site several times.
They assume a technical defect as the cause of the fire and released the house for use on Wednesday.
"The insurance company was here again yesterday and has no objections to the repairs being started and the restaurant being used," said Ivo Susana on Thursday.
Only the structural engineer made conditions: "We have to clear the third floor completely," says Susana.
This means removing fire debris and broken roof tiles in particular.
And: “The gable walls have to be supported by a construction company to be on the safe side.
Then we can reopen.” Ivo Susana hopes that this work will be completed in two to three weeks.
For the restaurateur, it's about existence.
"Unfortunately, the loss is very big, I already had numerous reservations for these days that I had to cancel," he complains.
Whether the house will be preserved in the long term is an economic decision that the owner has to make.
In any case, Ivo Susana wants to do everything in his power to save his restaurant.
The entrance is now protected by a new wooden porch with a roof.
Gas and electricity have long since been reconnected.
There is absolutely no sign of the fire in the restaurant – not even the smell of smoke.
"We could start at any time, I just have to go shopping," says Ivo Susana.
In order not to remain completely without income during the waiting time, the restaurateur has come up with something: "Anyone who calls the number of the restaurant
can buy vouchers for the D'Ivino and help us through the difficult time a bit," he says.
By the way, Heidelinde Bothe's alterations shop on the corner of the property is still open.