BIG BLOW: Eddie Cheeba's chef Tristan Mead and owner Simon Harder in the  kitchen .
BIG BLOW: Eddie Cheeba's chef Tristan Mead and owner Simon Harder in the kitchen . Caitlin Zerafa

Big cost of Eddie's blaze

IT'S A case of rising from the ashes for popular Noosa Junction bar Eddie Cheeba's after fire tore through the kitchen earlier this month.

On Sunday, October 7 a fire broke out about 8.30pm - believed to be from an overheated thermostat.

No one was injured but the damage to the area was extensive.

Having only opened in March, it was a devastating blow for owner Simon Harder but he has remained positive about the situation.

"There were about 15 people in the restaurant and the chef yelled out saying he needed help and when I went around the corner the kitchen was on fire,” Mr Harder said.

"We put a fire blanket on but it didn't do anything and we tried the fire extinguishers but the fire crews came within about 10 minutes and put it out.”

Luckily the fire was contained but what used to be a working kitchen is now a room of charred walls and equipment.

"The kitchen pretty much has to be rebuilt,” Mr Harder said.

"We lost about 10 grand worth of food.”

Minor smoke damage also impacted the restaurant area and Mr Harder lost all his bottles of wine and spirits.

Mr Harder is now busy working with insurance companies to get his business back up and running as soon as possible.

"We are hoping to be open again next weekend.”

The response on Mr Harder's social media has been huge.

"I have had so much support from the community, it's been fantastic. I can't even walk down the street without someone asking how we are.”

"We were just starting to kick some goals after opening and then this happened but we will rebuild and look forward to the busy summer months.”

Mr Harder hopes to have re-opening event soon to thank everyone for their support.


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