After a lengthy closure to deal with the effects of a devastating flood, Cozy Bay Seafood Cafe is open for business once again.
The seafood restaurant, on Victoria Road North, received extensive damage from a broken water pipe in the ceiling in early January.
The flood restoration work was much more significant than originally anticipated as the electrical wiring, plumbing and furnace all had to be replaced to bring the building up to building code standards.
“It was like building a house from scratch,” said Michelle Stephen, co-owner of the restaurant, adding that only the exterior walls of the building remained.
Pam Johnson, co-owner of Cozy Bay, said they received plenty of help and support from McBain Insurance, especially Keith Quesnelle and Jeannie Tomlin.
“Without them, we probably wouldn’t be here right now,” Johnson said. “Keith especially and Jeannie both listened to what we were going through and stepped up to the plate.”
During the renovations, Stephen and Johnson were at the restaurant every day to follow the progress of the renovations.
The closure was also difficult for the staff at the restaurant and for the regular customers.
Now that they have reopened, Stephen said all the former staff members are back, as are the regular customers.
“We’re thrilled to be open again,” she said.
She added that they appreciated the support and patience they were shown while the renovations were taking place.