Crews from Kennedy Fire and Restoration are hard at work on the Reo’s Ribs property at 4211 N.E. Sandy Boulevard in the Hollywood district, and Reo Varnado and Myra Girod plan to reopen their neighborhood barbecue spot this spring. A fire caused significant damage to the building last May and the restaurant has been closed for nine months.
“We saved the walls, the roof line and the footprint, but it will essentially be a new building from the studs out,” said building owner Leon Drennan. “The interior has been completely gutted. We’re installing all new plumbing, electrical and HVAC and we’re putting in a brand new ADA bathroom and a new pass-through from the smoker to kitchen with fire-rated walls.”
Nick Anderson of Rose’s Kitchen Design Services designed the kitchen and the back of the house, while Girod’s nieces Heidi Hawk and Helena Stitzel handled the design work for the front of the house.
“We couldn’t have done it without them,” said Girod. “They’ve done a beautiful job and I can’t wait for our Hollywood neighbors to see it when its finished.”
“I couldn’t ask for better tenants than Reo and Myra – or for nicer people,” said Drennan. “If it were a different situation, with a different business, I might not have sunk as much money into the property as I am now, but I believe in them and their business and I wanted to do right by the community.”
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