COBLESKILL - A large broke out Monday morning at Justine's Restaurant in Cobleskill.
A number of area fire departments were called to the restaurant before 4:30 a.m., according to the Facebook page Schoharie Co. Fire Wire & News. The page also posted a photo that appears to show the rear part of the building in flames.
Gazette photos taken later Monday showed a building in ruins.
Further information on the cause of the fire wasn't immediately available.
Justine's an American and Italian restaurant located at 399 W. Main St., Route 7, in Cobleskill.
The restaurant had recently completed work on a new lounge area and held a soft opening of the area Thursday, according to a post to its Facebook page Friday.
"Thank you to our family and friends who were among the first to celebrate this new milestone with us!" the Friday post read, in part.
The Justine's Facebook page also drew comments from patrons upset about the fire.
"Such fantastic food," one woman wrote as she expressed her sadness, "it can be rebuilt and you'll grow even more."
A Daily Gazette restaurant reviewer visited Justine's in 2013 and wrote that visiting "felt like we'd stepped into a neighbor's home."
"Overall, our dinner at Justine’s reminded us of someone’s home cooking," the reviewer wrote. "This place clearly puts an emphasis on from-scratch cooking."
- 2013 review: Justine's serves meals from scratch, made with care, April 7, 2013
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Justine's in 2018 via Google StreetView: