Birds & Bubbles Mounts Comeback After Costly Damage from Burst Water Pipe

Posted on: January 12th, 2015 at 5:19 am by

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Photo: Sarah Simmons

Birds & Bubbles on Forsyth Street had a tough weekend, suffering terrible flooding in its basement space early Friday morning. Damage is pretty excessive, despite some initial chatter to the contrary. Apparently several water pipes burst throughout the building, including the restaurant itself. The HVAC system and ceiling were destroyed, and an “electrical panel” subsequently fried.

Chef Sarah Simmons estimates $25,000 in lost business and various repair costs. But they were able to reopen in record time. 48 hours. The partial return happened Saturday night; the full comeback mounted yesterday. According to her Instagram account:

What was estimated to be a two week job turned into what feels like a 48 hour episode of Restaurant Impossible. Thanks to our amazing team who has been working around the clock for the past two days, we now have a dry restaurant, a new ceiling, new floors, four new pipes, newly insulated pipes, a new hvac compressor, two shiny heating units, a disinfected and freshly restocked bar, a new ice machine, a cold walk-in, running water, HEAT!!!, and two open dining rooms!

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