Somerset restaurant rises from the ashes

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A year ago at 2:34 p.m. Feb. 15, fire departments from nine communities responded to a fire at 128 Main St. in Somerset, General Sam's Sports Bar & Grill. The fire closed Main Street for five hours and when the last truck departed at 10:30 p.m., Somerset Fire chief Travis Belisle declared the building a total loss.

Feb. 16, 2017 a phoenix rose from the ashes when General Sam's, version 2.0, opened at its new location just feet from the banks of the Apple River. Following the fire, members of the Montpetit family were not exactly sure where they were going to rebuild.

"We were always going to reopen, it was just a matter of where," said John Montpetit.

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