On Sunday, one of Denver's most popular burger joints prepared to open its doors for the first time since a kitchen fire threatened to destroy parts of it back in November.
The Cherry Cricket has spent tens of thousands of dollars in repairs since the fire, remodeling several parts of the restaurant.
“It's very exciting,” said bar manager Heidi Ziepperecht with a smile. “I think I'm more excited for like next week when I can have a day off.”
“It's still kind of like nervous anticipation,” added bartender Johnny Livermore.
The bar plans to open for good on Tuesday morning starting at 11 a.m. They spent most of Sunday prepping food, as well as holding a soft opening for friends and family.
“You know seeing everyone back in here today is pretty surreal,” said Livermore. “It’s awesome.”
“[The restaurant] has been here forever so it's sort of like a tight knit community,” added fellow bartender Dylan Kaestner. “There will definitely be excitement surrounding [the opening].”
The small kitchen fire closed the Cherry Cricket the day before Thanksgiving while 200 people were inside.
No one was hurt and most of the damage came from smoke and water.
The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday.