The owner of Eva's Caribbean Kitchen said she hopes to have the restaurant open by March 2 after a structure fire damaged it Feb. 17.
Eva Madray, who has owned the eatery at 31732 S. Coast Hwy. for 11 years, said crews have been hard at work following the fire, which was believed to have been ignited by a light fixture near combustible materials.
Firefighters got to the scene shortly around 4:30 a.m. last Friday and both lanes of Coast Highway were shut down for a couple hours. Damages were estimated around $50,000, according to Division Chief Dan Stefano.
The fire only affected the rear of the restaurant nearest the alley, which housed storage and other materials. Madray said she lost food, wine, beer, linens and glassware.
Madray said the roof, which had two holes in it from firefighting efforts, has been repaired. Debris has been removed and framing is finished in the areas where the walls were damaged.