Friday, April 22, 2011
Abandonment Issues: Paros Island Restaurant
From outside, there are no obvious signs that fire and smoke damage have ravaged The Paros Island Restaurant in Perth, Ontario. According to an AGCO document, the restaurant had its license revoked and was shut down between November 1, 2006 and July 31, 2007. The infraction stated in the document was "Not financially responsible in conducting its business due to Retail Sales Tax Act – did not contest."
I have not been able to ascertain when exactly the fire happened.
After the usual circumference sweep, my wife ninja IX was silently motioning with hand gestures that a driver was asleep in the front seat of the truck parked out back, right beside the ladder we had to climb.
Once inside, another truck pulled up just outside the front doors and parked. The driver talking on his phone; F-bombs and laughter bellowing from his truck, the odd snort and spit. We felt slightly claustrophobic and sealed in with these truckers having us covered from all sides like a SWAT team. Silence is mandatory in these moments. The crunch of broken glass beneath an explorers feet, or something as simple as a burp, could be detrimental to the success of the mission.
The fake plants and pink patterned love seat are still in decent condition in the front lobby. But directly ahead, the severely burnt coat check area leads back to the hostess and server's station and the buffet, which appears to be the point of origin of the fire. Smoke damage was severe in the kitchen and in some dining areas. After an hour of exploring in utter silence, we simply stepped outside, holding hands, camera's 'round our necks, shot the driver a pair of crooked smiles and walked away.
I ordered the special. It was burnt.
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