By Samantha O’Conner

Kristi Hensley gestures to the empty space that was once the dining area of the Inland Cafe.

The Jan. 13 fire that severely damaged the restaurant at 2715 10th St. is slowly becoming a thing of the past as Hensley and her husband, Chris, with their contractors, work to put the popular eatery back together.

Kristi Hensley anticipates the Inland will re-open in mid July.

“It has been a long time coming,” Hensley said.

She plans to schedule a grand re-opening event a few days after the Inland serves its first meals in half a year.

The kitchen equipment will not be installed until after July 10, she said.

Over the next two weeks, Wilson Cabinets from Halfway will install new cabinets, Hensley said.

Floors will also be laid in the next two weeks.

Hensley said her insurance company requires that the restaurant be rebuilt as it was before the fire, although the light fixtures and paint colors will be different.

See more in the June 19, 2019, issue of the Baker City Herald.