After the fire, work begins on the Liverpool

The co-owner of the business Annie Faucher seemed happy during the interview granted to The gallery. “I feel alive again!” she said. Although she has no idea of ​​a potential reopening date, she still believes she will be able to open the newly installed garage door to her customers this summer.

This is because for the first time since the disaster, there is action within the walls of this business well known to Sherbrooke residents. “We are in demolition mode of all the ceilings to decontaminate and carry out anti-odor treatments in the framework located under the suspended ceiling,” says the woman who is very happy to see people arriving in her restaurant.

“Not much work has been done since the night of the fire,” she says. Instantly there were maneuvers to remove the water and humidity. [Aujourd’hui], there are guys with helmets and boots! THE go was given by the engineers to start carrying out certain works,” rejoices the businesswoman.

In the near future, all the furniture such as loveseats and benches will be taken out to the sorting center or “to undergo cleaning and anti-odor treatments,” she confirms.

Moreover, the Sherbrooke Police Department confirms that the investigation surrounding this fire is still ongoing.

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The fire of January 23 destroyed the building located between Café Bla-Bla (left) and Liverpool (right). (Maxime Picard/Archives La Tribune)

34 pool tables

The restoration of the Liverpool’s 34 pool tables will be relatively arduous. “The soot and smoke were more damaging than the water. This is something we didn’t know. Pool table treatment is going to be something. We must dismantle all the tables, i.e. remove the strips, remove the carpets and remove the slates stuck to the wood. These slates are separated into three pieces and it takes three to four men to remove one piece,” realizes Annie Faucher.

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The day after the fire which damaged her business, Liverpool co-owner Annie Faucher kept smiling. (Jean Roy/Archives La Tribune)

“We will have to put them all on the ground, turn them over, scrape off the glued wood, then an anti-odor treatment will be applied and we will have to reassemble the tables,” she continues.

“We know that this will weigh heavily on the schedule,” realizes Annie Faucher. And this will be the last thing we’re going to do when the painting is done and the ceilings are repaired. We have a good two months where I think it will happen quite quickly.

For the exterior wall which was particularly affected by the fire, “the planning of major work is still to be determined,” specifies Ms. Faucher.

Long winter

This long winter has tested the patience and resilience of Annie Faucher and her partner Charles Gauthier. “We knew we had some, but my partner and I threw some flowers at each other. We endured the work, the pandemic, and this happened to us after investing more than $600,000,” she said, describing the population’s encouragement as “food for hope.”

Ms. Faucher has other reasons to rejoice: according to a survey she launched ten days ago, 29 of her 31 employees would be inclined to return to their jobs at Liverpool, regardless of the reopening time. “I welcomed it as a big dose of love. […] It’s never wasted and it’s always enriching to take care of human beings,” she assures.

Municipal politics?

Moreover, this Liverpool misadventure did not dampen Ms. Faucher’s desire to be involved in the city center. “It stimulates me more than ever. I am continuing my reflections in connection with possible additional involvement at the municipal level,” Annie Faucher simply comments.

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