The Coronado, a vegetarian restaurant close to downtown Phoenix, is expected to reopen on Friday, Feb. 28, after a fire caused the restaurant to lose power and close for the past week.
The Coronado serves breakfast, lunch and dinner along with pastries, coffee and cocktails. The menu offers vegetarian versions of classic southwestern dishes, including breakfast burritos, cauliflower tacos and tepary bean and mushroom burgers. Many of the menu items are also vegan.
Co-owner John Tavarez hopes to have the full menu available for the reopening day.
“Right now we have the staff trying to prep a week’s worth in 10 hours,” Tavarez says. “We are just trying to replenish what we lost and waiting for the insurance to kick in.”
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Why The Coronado closed
On Feb. 19, a delivery truck hit a power line near the restaurant. The downed line caused a fire, according to Liz and John Tavarez, who co-own the restaurant with Emily Spetrino and Elle Murtagh.
No one was hurt, but the owners were unsure how long the restaurant would take to reopen.
Power was restored to the building on Wednesday, Tavarez says, and after taking Thursday to reorganize, the restaurant will reopen on Friday at 7 a.m.
The Coronado also hosts community events, some of which were canceled during the closure. Owners are working to reschedule those events, Tavarez says.
“It’s a pretty big reset for us but we are pretty optimistic,” Tavarez says. “I am just excited to get back in here and get working.”
Throughout the closure, customers have continuously knocked on the door asking about the restaurant, Tavarez says.
“There’s a lot of loyalty and a lot of heart,” he says. “We really appreciate all the support we’ve had in this nine days.”
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