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After Fire, Leesburg Diner’s Reopening Schedule Remains Uncertain

© Leesburg Today - 09/23/2015

Nearly three months after a fire heavily damaged an adjacent building, the Leesburg Diner remains closed.

Mike O'Connor, who owns the diner and the building next door that housed Caulkins Jewelers and several apartments, said there is no specific timetable to reopen the eatery at 9 S. King St. but hopes to get it done ""as soon as we can.""

""We have people knocking on the door every day,"" O'Connor said. ""It's a shame, really. We recognize that it's a spot that brings people downtown.""

O'Connor said that the business has to address the fact that the fire took out much of the electricity and roofing from flames, smoke and water, and it's still working through a ""never-ending insurance process.""

""I'd like to have a milkshake more than anybody,"" O'Connor said of the homemade treats the restaurant offers.

The Leesburg Diner, formerly Leesburg Restaurant, opened last December after more than a year of renovations.

The fire in June started in an apartment above Caulkins Jewelers, which is next door to the Leesburg Diner. Careless smoking was cited as the cause of the fire. Extensive water damage forced owners Stanley and Roger Caulkins to relocate their business to temporary space at the Virginia Village shopping center, at 36-B Catoctin Circle.

""We'll get everything done as soon as we can,"" O'Connor said.

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