Restaurant will be ‘better than ever’

Fire at the Dressers Arms in Wheelton
Fire at the Dressers Arms in Wheelton
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A restaurant owner has vowed to come back “bigger and better then ever” after his business was ravaged by fire.

The popular Little Hong Kong Oriental Restaurant was destroyed along with the Dressers Arms pub in Briers Brow, Wheelton, last month after fire ripped through the building.

An investigation by the fire service discovered an electrical problem sparked the blaze and insurance firm NFU has said it will pay out for the repair work.

Now, Jack Catterall, co-owner of Little Hong Kong, has vowed to rebuild his restaurant.

He said: “It’s a huge relief we can put this behind us and now we can look forward to get going again and make it bigger and better than ever.

“The insurance firm has agreed to pay out for things and they have been excellent.”

The family-run business was approaching its second anniversary when disaster struck.

Mr Catterall said: “I think I’ve had at 200 to 300 emails wishing us all the best for the future .

“My phone has been non-stop as well with messages and phone calls. It was quite humbling to receive things like that –it makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

Demolition firms have moved into the site to clear debris and work is expected to start soon rebuilding the structure, although a re-opening day has not yet been set. Mr Catterall, of Buckshaw Village, said: “At the moment I realistically think it will be in the next nine to 12 months.

“We are in the very early stages at the moment and we need to meet with the surveyors, but once the structure has been finalised we can start the build.”