Karl’s Cabin located in Salem, just off of M14 on Gotfredson Rd, is about to reopen. The historic restaurant suffered fire and smoke damage from a February 15th fire that’s had the place closed since then. It’s set to open it’s doors once again to the public on Wednesday, November 29th.
“During these past nine months, the resilience and dedication of the Karl’s Cabin team have been unwavering, moving past a heart-wrenching event to now a time of excitement and celebration as we greatly anticipate serving the community again, and sharing in the restaurant’s renewed splendor,” said Peter Poulos, who co-owns Karl’s Cabin with his brother, Louis, and mother, Sophia Poulos.
Peter was nice enough to show me around as they prepare to reopen. He told me about the added 1,600 square feet of space that’s been added onto the kitchen area. The main dinning area was hand scrubbed and re-stained. It looks beautiful! It still maintains the charm that the Cabin had, with a fresh coat of paint, stain, carpet, wood and more.
Manager, Leslie McLain told me that of the 100 employee’s they had at the time of the fire, 95 are returning, with an additional 25 hired on. She also told me that the “banquet” room has now been renamed “The Lodge”. You can see pictures of the new remodeled Lodge below.
You’ll also notice upon arrival that the parking lot has been re-done also. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the new metal roof. With the building being down the thought was that they might as well chip away at things they’d been wanting to do to the structure for years.
Added Louis Poulos: “We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the firefighters and emergency responders from 14 departments, and all those who provided invaluable assistance during the February 15 fire, which severely damaged the service hallways and banquet room,” he said. “Their bravery and dedication ensured the safety of all and helped us rebuild Karl’s Cabin with renewed enthusiasm.”
I, for one, am really excited a place I’ve spent a lot of time at in the past is back. That’s proof by the final picture. That’s Big Four thrash legend, Frank Bello of Anthrax with my wife and I, two years ago to the day as I write this.
Check out the pictures and go take in a great meal at Karl’s Cabin starting next Wednesday.