Owner can’t wait to get restaurant back in business

Fire at the Dressers Arms in Wheelton
Fire at the Dressers Arms in Wheelton
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A restaurant owner has vowed to come back “bigger and better then ever” after his premises was savaged by fire.

The popular Little Hong Kong Oriental Restaurant was burnt down along with the Dressers Arms pub in Briers Brow, Wheelton, last month.

Both premises were put out of business by the fierce blaze.

Insurance firm NFU has admitted liability for both and will pay out for the repair work on the buildings.

An electrical problem was the reason for the blaze, although the fire service have been unable to confirm where it started, and investigations have now been closed.

Jack Catterall, co-owner of Little Hong Kong, said: “It’s a huge relief we can put this behind us and now we can look forward to get going again and make it bigger and better than ever.

“The insurance firm has agreed to pay out for things and they have been excellent.”

The family-run business was approaching its second anniversary since it opened.

It has hosted many popular nights, including Chorley Cricket Club welcoming back former professional and current CEO of Cricket Australia James Sutherland.

Many supporters and friends have paid their tributes to the restaurant via social media and email.

Mr Catterall added: “I think I’ve had at 200 to 300 emails wishing us all the best in the future .

“My phone has been non-stop as well with messages and phone calls.

“It was quite humbling to receive things like that –it makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

Demolition firms have moved into the site to clear debris and work is expected to start soon rebuilding the structure, although a re-opening day has not yet been set.

Mr Catterall, of Buckshaw Village, said: “At the moment I realistically think it will be in the next nine to 12 months.

“We are in the very early stages at the moment and we need to meet with the surveyors, but once the structure has been finalised we can start the build. “It’s actually exciting times for us all.”