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Crown and Hammer Restaurant Reopens Its Doors

March 22, 2017 Business, Community No Comments

Crown and Hammer bartender Will Shafer pours a beer on Wednesday night. The restaurant had been closed for repairs following a late January accident. It will open for dinner Thursday, with regular hours resuming Friday.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE — The Crown and Hammer Restaurant and Pub reopened its doors Wednesday night.

The popular Collinsville spot had been closed since Jan. 23, when a local man drove his vehicle into the building. The crash, which police said is still under investigation, resulted in the death of a passenger in that car.

The restaurant was closed at the time and while owner Lisa Maurer was in the kitchen area minutes before the accident, she was upstairs when it happened.

The accident caused extensive damage inside the building. In addition to the direct impact, the crash resulted in flying grease, broken glass behind the bar, active gas leaks and water damage. Structural work, extensive repairs and installation of some new equipment was required before the restaurant could reopen.

“I’m just really thrilled that we’re open,”  said owner Lisa Maurer, adding that a core group of employees, contractors and other professionals worked diligently to make it happen. “”Everybody just worked so hard to get it open. I’m very grateful.” 

On Thursday, the restaurant will open at 4 p.m. and live music from The Goddamn River begins at 9 p.m. and ends at approximately midnight.

Regular hours are set to resume Friday and live music continues Friday and Saturday night as usual with Dangerous Play and A Jimi Hendrix Tribute featuring Furdon, Anander and Siberon respectively. For more information, visit http://crownandhammer.com.

Christine and Bob Winters came out to support the Crown and Hammer on Wednesday night.
Photo by John Fitts

Order up with Crown and Hammer sous chef Augustus Griffen.

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