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Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market reopens after July fire

A new start for seafood market
By Brenna Visser

The Daily Astorian

Published on November 29, 2018 11:21AM

Last changed on November 30, 2018 11:11AM

Firefighters who responded to the fire at Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market came to visit during the business' soft opening Nov. 21. From left to right, Ecola Seafoods manager Shawna Beckman,  Lt. Mike Johnson,  firefighter Jordan Spencer, recruit Nate Wilkerson, Ecola Seafoods owner Cindy BEckman, Lt TJ White and firefighter Silvia Avila.

Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District

Firefighters who responded to the fire at Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market came to visit during the business' soft opening Nov. 21. From left to right, Ecola Seafoods manager Shawna Beckman, Lt. Mike Johnson, firefighter Jordan Spencer, recruit Nate Wilkerson, Ecola Seafoods owner Cindy BEckman, Lt TJ White and firefighter Silvia Avila.

Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market reopened Wednesday, Nov. 21 four months after a fire shut down operations.

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Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market reopened Wednesday, Nov. 21 four months after a fire shut down operations.

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Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market has been completely redesigned since a fire in July forced the business to close.

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Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market has been completely redesigned since a fire in July forced the business to close.

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A small piece of a mural that survived the July fire hangs on the wall at Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market.

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A small piece of a mural that survived the July fire hangs on the wall at Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market.

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Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market has been completely redesigned since a fire in July forced the business to close.

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Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market has been completely redesigned since a fire in July forced the business to close.

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Four months ago, Shawna Beckman and her family were awakened to a startling phone call.

“My sister’s husband is a volunteer firefighter and got the call,” Beckman said. “She got up and told us ‘208 North Spruce is on fire.’”

It was the address of Ecola Seafoods Restaurant and Market — the business her family had owned for 25 years. The small electrical fire caused an incredible amount of smoke damage, to where everything from equipment to the baby photos stored upstairs were destroyed. The fire closed down the shop for the majority of the busy tourist season where most businesses make most of their money.

“We had just gotten new equipment, a new point of sale a month before the fire,” she said. “We were doing everything we could to keep employees on and paid through this.”

But the day before Thanksgiving, the market got a new start. On Wednesday, Nov. 23, the market had a soft reopening, just in time for families to get seafood for holiday meals. The business has a fresh new look, with entirely new furniture and equipment.

The new restaurant does have a few homages to the past, however. A few chunks of a mural portraying a fish market, which hung on the walls of the market for 23 years, survived the fire and still hang there today.

“It’s been crazy, but we have pretty loyal customers we hope they all come back,” she said. “It’s really brought our family closer together.”









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