Jumbo Empanadas had to close for nearly six months following a three-alarm fire last October
A Kensington Market empanadas restaurant forced to close last fall following a three-alarm blaze has reopened.
Jumbo Empanadas at 245 Augusta temporarily closed for nearly six months after a fire broke out next door at Emporium Latino on October 18.
On April 9, the restaurant posted on Instagram that the interior has been freshened up and now has a “traffic light” system to maintain reduced capacity limits during the pandemic.
Owner Irene Morales opened the business in 1991 and moved to the current location in 1999.
Patrons and community members rallied around both businesses following the fire, raising money via GoFundMe.
The campaign for Jumbo Empanadas raised more than $12,000 for the business, which wasn’t damaged as much by the fire by its neighbour but had to close following a safety inspection.
A fundraiser for the family-run Emporium Latino raised nearly $30,000.
Restaurants in Ontario are closed for indoor and outdoor dining under pandemic restrictions, but are still able to open for takeout and delivery.