Prospect Heights restaurant working on comeback after massive fire during pandemic
Nearly seven months after a massive fire tore through a Prospect Heights restaurant, the owner is now picking up the pieces as he looks to make a comeback.
At the corner of Flatbush Avenue and St. Marks Avenue in Prospect Heights, Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbecue is still standing months after flames erupted.
On a morning back in January, Glazier says he recalls getting a phone call about his restaurant going up in smoke. At the time, they were only offering takeout because of the coronavirus pandemic. The aftermath of the fire forced owner Mathew Glazier to close shop.
“We did not have really significant damage to the restaurant. Most of it was water damage. The fire department, doing their job, really dumped a tremendous amount of water through the building,” said Glazier.
He says the pandemic brought on a whole other set of problems after the fire. "Everything took longer, so just getting the insurance inspections, the fire inspections. The pandemic delayed the rebuilding,” said Glazier.
He says he’s now turning lemons into lemonade and is opening two new businesses-- Tiny’s Cantina and another Morgan’s Barbecue location in Manhattan, as he waits to reopen the location in Brooklyn.
Glazier says it is just days away from renovations and is expecting construction to take about two months before the restaurant is able to get back up and running.