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The crew at Charlie’s Restaurant, 7427 Roosevelt Road, now aims to re-open by February 2019, after a fire totally destroyed the interior of the space nearly a year ago. Formerly named Andrea’s Restaurant, staff decided to revamp and rename the eatery after the longtime owner Charlie Philippou, according to his daughter Maria Philippou.   

“The support from the town and all of our customers is much appreciated,” Philippou said. “We are all eager to get back to work and can’t wait to see everyone soon!”

Philippou called updating the restaurant “a struggle and a long process” following the fire, but she said most of the major work is complete, including installing new plumbing, electric, roofing and mechanical systems. The fire destroyed the entire restaurant; the entire building had to be cleared. Philippou said all new booths, tables and equipment have been ordered, and that “cosmetics are all planned to be started soon.” She added that many things needed to be brought up to code, including creating larger bathrooms that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  

“The theme is still going to be a cozy little diner, but just a little more modern looking,” she said. “We’re going to try and make it look as cute as we can.”  

Charlie’s is scheduled to be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., 365 days a year, and include such specials as a free glass of wine with every dinner purchase, a free meal for kids with the purchase of an adult entrée, and 10 percent off for all Forest Parkers every Thursday, according to the restaurant’s website. 

“We’re really excited to see everyone and we’ll definitely post an exact date to open when we’re close to knowing for sure,” Philippou said. 

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