Yesterday, Slates Restaurant in Hallowell, Maine burned. Stories and photos at Kennebec Journal and Hallowell Board of Trade. THANKFULLY all 150 patrons seated for Sunday brunch, staff (there are about 70 but they weren’t all there), and residents of 5 upstairs apartments and their pets are all safe. Be sure to check out the video link at the restaurant web page to see what a gem has been lost. What the video doesn’t show is the incredible murals on the walls of the bar and the bathrooms. This was really the best kind of place, a business owned by one person for nearly 30 years, with employees and customers that have been along for the whole time. It is across the street from LYS that my friend Libby owns and where I used to work. Libby called yesterday, “do you know what’s going on down here?”, the only newsworthy thing I could think of is that the river was flooding, but this didn’t make sense since that’s an April event not one of February. The tv news footage showed flames leaping from windows. This morning I stopped down to get the paper at Boynton’s and to see what was left.
Today they discovered that the fire started in the ceiling of the restaurant. I think that whole end of the building is supposed to be demolished. You can see in the photos where the excavator ripped off part of the roof yesterday. Libby told me that the fire fighters and trucks all arrived quickly, and I should hope that they did, because Hallowell’s Fire Department is directly behind the restaurant, across the parking lot. It’s a volunteer department, but they got there quickly, as well as those from neighboring towns and Augusta. What the papers don’t say, and what Libby said, is that they lost some time looking for a fire hydrant!!! I am still unclear if this is because they weren’t dug out from snow (they usually are dug out pretty quickly around here) or if it is because they didn’t know where they were located. The river is an option for water, but it is frozen (more or less) and quite dangerous to walk out on (except in established smelt fishing areas).
Everybody is so sad. There is a benefit on Saturday from 2-8 at The Wharf. I hope to stop by.
And what was I doing yesterday instead of hanging out at LYS? Walking the dogs. I have pics. Will post tomorrow, with an air photo and/or map!
Knitting updates… am keeping the scarf as is for now, I typically wear them hanging versus wrapped. I’ll see how I like it over the next week or two. And then may add a few inches or all of the 4th skein. I’ve started the pirate hat in fuschia and orange. That’s it. Daydreaming about next sweater in which I use up some stash… something cabled for me? A hoody for ds? Or socks? More Dulaan hats… the list goes on and on.