Uncertain future for popular downtown Sault Ste. Marie tavern
Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:52AM EDT
A fire closed Reggie's Place Tavern this summer and the owner said recent break-ins are delaying the bar from re-opening.
"There have been seven break-ins and they stole $70,000 worth of stuff out of here," said Reggie Daigle, the bar's owner.
"Everything in here I had duplicates for. My sound system, most of its gone. Then you go downstairs (and) all the coolers are broken."
The owner said more than 100 cases of beer were stolen from his basement cooler, neon clocks were taken off the wall, a water line was severed and the upstairs apartments have been ransacked.
All this after a blaze that broke out back on July 30 closed the bar.
Reggie's Place Tavern has been a popular downtown watering hole for nearly three decades, but the owner said he may not serve another drink here.
"I mean, I’d like to open it back up don't get me wrong. This is my first, first one here in Sault Ste. Marie, so I made this. I made good money, and I'd love to open it back up, but I don't know if the insurance company is going to be able to be able to fix this."
The fire which initially caused Reggie's Place Tavern to close in July has been deemed suspicious.
Sault Ste. Marie police officials continue to look for suspects.
"This is a lengthy investigation and our officers are exploring all leads that they can," said Constable Sonny Spina, Sault Police Service.
"If there is anyone in the public that has any information about who may have started this fire we encourage them to contact the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service or Crime Stoppers at any time."
Daigle said he expects a decision from the insurance company this week as to whether repairs will be made.