Elio's, a pillar in La Petite-Patrie for more than half a century, suffered an electrical fire yesterday. The blaze was quickly contained but damage is estimated to be in the range of $30,000.
General manager Frank de Lauri, son of longtime owners Elio and Nina de Lauri, spoke from the pizzeria this morning.
How are you holding up?
We're getting there. It was an electical fire - we think the microwave caught on fire - and there were more fumes than actual flames. There was no damage to the actual structure. It was contained because of the ceramic in the kitchen - it's ceramic all around. The only thing is the firefighters make more damage than the actual fire. They have to check in the walls to make sure there are no sparks. So all we have to do is put up gyprock and paint.
How are your parents doing?
They're ok. They were supposed to leave for Italy last night. It's been 3 years since they were there. After the fire my father cancelled his ticket - now the airline won't reimburse him. "I won't be in peace if I go," he said. "I need to be at my restaurant."
If Gaz Métro gives de Lauri the ok, Elio's will reopen tonight with a limited menu.