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Kinch Says He Will Reopen Manresa 'Stronger and Better'

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Chef David Kinch says he will reopen Manresa following the two-alarm fire that damaged the two Michelin-starred California restaurant yesterday morning. Kinch tells the San Jose Mercury News: "I think we're going to be a stronger and better restaurant." Kinch would not say how long he anticipates closing the restaurant for repairs, but a fire official estimates it may be "several months."

Fire officials also tell the Mercury News that the restaurant will need a new roof. Other damage is largely from smoke and water. Officials estimate that the fire caused $300,000 worth of damages, but Kinch "said it's far too early to make such claims and called it 'speculation.'" On Twitter, the restaurant thanked the fire department for their swift response, noting their work "is the reason why so much of Manresa was saved." The fire seems to have started outside of the restaurant (which had been closed since July 3) and an investigation is ongoing. Reps for the restaurant have told Eater that the restaurant will be releasing a statement. Below, members of the food world respond to the news:

Reactions from the Food World:

· Los Gatos Restaurateur Vows to Reopen Acclaimed Venue [SJMN via Eater SF]
· Manresa Fire: David Kinch's California Restaurant Suffers 'Major Damage' [-E-]
· All Manresa Coverage on Eater [-E-]


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