Archive for Wednesday, January 2, 2002

Parlor back in business after fire

January 2, 2002

At least one business is going back to doing what it does best making pizzas after a fire caused it to close for nearly a week.

George "Brutie" Mills, part-owner and operator of Doc and Bruties Pizza, said he's back in the kitchen making the same pizzas Basehor residents have enjoyed the past seven years.

"I think a lot people thought we got burnt out," Mills said. "We got smoked out but we're back now."

On Friday, Dec. 15, the shopping complex at 155th Street and State Avenue caught fire, damaging the nine businesses located there.

The fire started at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the northeast corner of the shopping complex.

Investigators said the fire was set deliberately.

Mills said his business sustained smoke and water damage, causing it to close for nearly a week.

"We cleaned the place from head to toe and everything in between," he said. "It was quite a job. Fortunately everything was salvageable."

The pizza parlor is now reopened and ready for business.

Doc and Bruties will be open 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturdays, the parlor will be open from 5 to 9 p.m.

The parlor will still feature live music on Wednesday nights, Mills said.

Although investigators say the shopping complex fire was the result of arson, Mills said he has a hard time believing it.

"Personally, I don't see any reason why someone would do that," he said. "I don't know anyone who would have such a reason for doing that."

And while some business owners will not reopen their stores, Mills said he never considered not coming back to Basehor.

"I've got a lot of good customers and we wouldn't have left unless we got totally burnt out and couldn't come back," he said. "The main thing is people know we're still here. We've got to get people coming back."

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