Fall River restaurant reopens two years after devastating fire

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A popular Portuguese eatery is back in business after it was completely destroyed in a fire nearly two years ago.

The doors of Sagres Restaurant in Fall River were opened wide on Monday, and customers streamed in.

“Without telling anyone, it was full last night and today for lunch,” said co-owner Victor DaSilva.

For decades, people would drive more than an hour to eat at the family business on Columbia Street. That is, until flames ripped through the building in July 2013, destroying the city’s oldest Portuguese restaurant.

“I was ready to rebuild, I just had no idea that it was so hard to rebuild,” DaSilva said through laughter.

After two years of hard work – the chefs are once again cooking up a storm in the kitchen. The owners were planning to hold a formal grand opening, but after the soft opening went so well – the consider themselves open for business.

“It’s like almost welcoming a family member back. Everyone’s so happy to see it back open, some people actually cried out of happiness,” DaSilva added. “That part you can’t describe. It’s priceless.”

DaSilva said everything inside is brand new and up to code.

The former building was three stories and housed apartments on the top floor, which is where the fire broke out. Now, the apartments are gone and the building stands just two stories tall.

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