A half dozen couples hoping to say “I do” on Burnaby Mountain this spring saw their wedding plans go up in smoke on Thursday when a fire gutted part of Horizons Restaurant.
The fire broke out in the kitchen of the fine dining restaurant sometime overnight and wasn’t discovered until the chef saw smoke billowing from the roof as he drove up the hill at around 7 a.m.
Geoffrey Howes, who operates the restaurant, said it will take about three months to repair the damage.
“It’s bad timing. We’re going into the summer,” Howes said.
“Between now and Aug. first we won’t be doing our weddings.
“The good news is we have the other two restaurants and we’re going to be calling all of our bookings today, trying to relocate them.”
Howes said he hopes Salmon House in West Vancouver and Aqua Riva in Vancouver — both of which have sweeping views, like Horizon does — will be able to accommodate the bookings.
“We’ll make it up to all the customers. We’re not in the business of disappointing people.”
Howes said the fire was probably started by electrical wiring in the walls of the kitchen.
He said it’s lucky it broke out overnight because no one was in the restaurant, but added that if someone had been there, the fire might not have been as bad.