A popular restaurant that was damaged by an accidental fire two years ago is rebuilding and intends to reopen.

Hillside Cafe owner George Sgagias has submitted plans to Fairview Township for a revamped steak house at 589 Salem Road in Lewisberry.

"He's dedicated to bringing it back and his goal is by the end of the summer," said Steve Smith, township manager.

Sgagias couldn't be reached for comment, but plans for the restaurant are also explained on a Hillside Cafe Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hillside-Cafe/100892823289523.

Several customers have commented on the page, saying they can't wait to eat there again and have missed going there.

In September 2012, a fire caused about $2.5 million in damage at the restaurant.

"After two years away, people will be excited to go back. It has a lot of followers," Smith said of Hillside Cafe.

The restaurant has more than 1,100 likes on Facebook, and many of those fans have said what they'll order their first day back at the eatery. Steaks and crab cakes are the favored dishes, according to commenters.

"From my conversations with him, I know the owner is ready to get it open, offer high quality and start selling steaks again to the world," Smith said.

—Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.



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