WOLCOTTVILLE, Ind. (WFFT) - This was the first weekend in months Breana Whitney could serve customers at her Beauty and the Bull restaurant.
But the happiness didn’t last long.
Whitney, the Wolcottville neighborhood restaurant manager, says, “It’s like we’re starting all over again...rebuilding. We just closed down for all of this [coronavirus related] and remodeled our family room and that’s completely torn up now.”
The building caught fire Saturday with customers inside.
Zachary Becker, Beauty and the Bull manager and Whitney’s childhood friend, initially thought the restaurant was experiencing a slight power outage.
Becker says, “Our lights flickered and so we thought we were having some type of power issue and just didn’t know exactly what it was.”
The flickering transpired into so much more, and eventually flames and smoke turned a happy Saturday evening into devastation.
Becker says, “Our head cook, he walked outside and saw smoke coming from the roof so we called 911 at that point and they luckily got there pretty quickly but it was a mess and just hard to see.”
The Topeka Volunteer Fire Department says two firefighters left injured after being trapped in the restaurant’s attic.
The fire department says one was taken to a hospital in Indianapolis to treat second and third-degree burns to his hands while the other recovered from severe dehydration.
As the restaurant closes on its three year anniversary, they must rebuild again, a difficult reality for Whitney and Becker to face especially after enduring the COVID-19 shutdown.
Whitney says, “This is my first baby. We’re coming up on three years next weekend and I have a 10-month-old, who I consider my second baby. This is just what we work for every day and we work our butts off. We want it to show that we don’t care about the money, we care about having happy customers providing fresh quality food.”