Julie’s remains closed following accidentJulie’s Family Restaurant in Superior remains closed until further notice, following a car accident that damaged the west side of the building.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
Julie’s Family Restaurant in Superior remains closed until further notice, following a car accident that damaged the west side of the building. The incident happened shortly after 11 a.m. July 11, just before the lunch crowd was expected. A woman pulling up to the restaurant to park hit the gas pedal instead of the brake and slammed into the main entrance, according to restaurant manager Barb Martineau. The whole entryway was pushed in more than a foot, causing structural damage to the South side of the building and buckling in the windows.
No one was injured, Martineau said Tuesday, but the incident shut the business down and left about 20 employees temporarily out of work. No citation was issued to the driver of the vehicle, according to the accident report.
The reconstruction work being done by JR Jensen is covered by insurance, Martineau said. New doors and windows have been ordered, but it could take some time before they are shipped.
“We’re at the mercy of the doors right now,” Martineau said. She estimated it could take up to two more weeks for the reconstruction work to be completed.
“I just feel bad for the employees,” the manager said. “The waitresses, they live on tips every day, and they’re not making anything.” In addition, a food truck had just made a delivery two days prior to the incident.
“We lost a lot of food,” Martineau said, especially fresh produce. Regulars and employees continue to pepper her for information on when the restaurant will open again. Many people have dropped by the restaurant at 403 Belknap St. to check on the progress. Folks who have to travel many miles for a Julie’s meal have left their phone numbers and email addresses, asking Martineau to tell them when the business will be open again. She encouraged members of the public to keep an eye on the marquis.
“The marquis will say ‘Yes, we’ll be open tomorrow morning,’” Martineau said.