When the fire in the kitchen shut down the restaurant, I got really worried. I’ve been working the dinner shift here for three years. I did not want to have to look for a new job. This place does a lot of covers in a night so the tips are good. That’s not always the case at most restaurants. I’ve worked at a few of the well-known fast casual places, where parties of four and five didn’t even tip and management didn’t care at all. But the owners here didn’t waste a minute getting the rebuild started. I guess they had good insurance. Not only is the kitchen back in action but there are upgrades to a lot of other parts of the restaurant, too. The restrooms were completely redone. They look great. The HVAC system was replaced. That has made the biggest difference. Most people don’t realize that commercial kitchens need extra cooling because the heat from the cooking surfaces and the dishwashers is very intense. At the same time, the customers need comfortable heating and cooling in the dining areas depending on the season. The owners said they had a top of the line HVAC system installed with all new ductwork. It’s improved the indoor air quality so much. My eyes, nose and throat used to get irritated every time I picked up an order in the kitchen. Now, with a built-in air purification system in the building HVAC, there is no difference between the air quality from dining room to kitchen. It’s so much less tiring to work a busy shift when the climate control and air quality is so good.