Saratoga Springs

Fire damages popular Lake Local on Saratoga Lake

Owners hope to reopen soon
Flames shoot from the Lake Local late Sunday night.
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Flames shoot from the Lake Local late Sunday night.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A fire ripped through Lake Local restaurant on Saratoga Lake on Sunday night.

Lake Local, at 550 Union Ave., had just opened for its fourth season on April 26. 

Saratoga Springs Fire Chief Robert Williams said the department received a call at nearly 10 p.m. on Sunday night that Lake Local was on fire. 

“Crews arrived to find a working structure fire that was heavily engulfed on the back side of the building,” he said. “The fire progressed to the attic and the roof sustained a lot of damage.”

Williams said portions of the roof were burned through while others had collapsed. 

It took the city Fire Department, Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Company and Quaker Springs Fire Department approximately an hour and a half to put the fire out, Williams said. 

“The fire was electrical in nature,” he said. “It started with an electrical failure.”

Owner John Haynes said the fire broke out nearly an hour after the restaurant closed at 9 p.m. on Sunday. 

He said he and the other four owners and four investors were scheduled to meet on Monday to talk about the restaurant’s next steps. 

“We’re doing everything we can to open in some capacity as soon as possible,” he said. “The city is working with us to make it work.” 

Haynes said the outside bar and patio area could reopen soon with the restaurant’s food truck providing food until the building is able to reopen. 

“If we’re able to get our outdoor area up and running, then we’ll be able to keep everyone employed,” he said of the restaurant’s more than 100 employees. 

Haynes said a GoFundMe account may soon launch to help offset costs to repair the restaurant and aid employees. 

“We need to come up with a game plan,” he said. “We hope to be back up and running as soon as we can.”

Jason Young, owner of Clark’s Steakhouse, which opened on Monday at its new space at 1 Ferry St. in Schuylerville, is raising money throughout the week for Lake Local employees. 

“The owners are great people and are community-minded individuals who go above and beyond,” he said. “I own my own restaurant, so I can understand the pain and heartache they’re going to go through over the next few weeks.

“I want to make sure the employees are taken care of, because it could take a while for insurance to kick in.”

Young said there would be a bucket at his restaurant until Sunday to collect funds. 

“Their lives were turned upside down and no one can prepare for that,” he said. “It’s tragic and I want to do as much as I can.” 

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