Pizza Restaurant Reopens After Suffering Smoke, Water Damage

By: Brooke Rogers

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A pizza restaurant in University Park is turning its sign from closed to open after a large fire tore through several businesses three weeks ago.

We’re excited to open the doors tonight,” said Olivella’s District Manager Aaron Michnick.

Olivella’s suffered major smoke and water damage in the August 12th fire that destroyed six businesses near SMU.

District manager Aaron Michnick says it was nearly seven.

“It was definitely close,” said Michnick. “A closer call than we would obviously want. I mean, you’re standing outside, 150 feet away from a fire from a building that you have spent hours and hours in working and prepping and all those kinds of things, so it’s a little bit terrifying.”

The daunting cleanup process began shortly after the fire.

“Renovating new floors, new ceilings, paint jobs, things like that,” said Michnick.

They had hoped to reopen earlier this week but needed the blessing of the health department, which finally came in late Friday afternoon.

“It’s been a lot of time on the phone. A lot of just countless hours talking, planning, meetings,” said Michnick. “It was tiring.”

It’s a grand reopening customers said they’ve been waiting for since the fire.

“I’m really excited, because my apartment’s right down this way, so I’ve been there like four, five, six times just this year so far,” said customer Cory Mitchell.

One of Olivella’s staff wishes they could share with their neighbors.

“We’re thinking about Goff’s and everybody else, because they obviously got it worse than we did, and we feel for them. We were the lucky ones in the entire thing,” said Michnick.

Two other businesses were damaged in the fire, and they will both reopen soon.

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