Surveillance video captured a man allegedly setting a fire at the Meriden, Conn., club’s restaurant, Violi’s Restaurant, on June 2. The basement level of the restaurant has since reopened.
A fire that damaged a restaurant at the Hunter Golf Club in Meriden, Conn., has been ruled as arson, the Hartford (Conn.)-based WFSB reported.
Meriden police are still trying to find out who set fire to Violi’s Restaurant on June 2, but the chef is eager to reopen for the dozens of events scheduled for the summer, WFSB reported.
The good news is that the health department is allowing the restaurant to open the basement level, which has a snack bar and locker rooms, but the main part of the restaurant is still waiting for approval, WFSB reported.
Three weeks after a fire destroyed part of the popular eatery, golfers still remember what it was that they enjoyed so much. “I love their veal dishes and their scallopini, love those,” said golfer Joe Foell.
Another golfer, George Cottiero, said the individuals who ran the facility “were very friendly.”
Some of those people who worked at Violi’s aren’t able to work there this summer, after surveillance video captured a man allegedly setting a fire at the restaurant, WFSB reported.
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Foell said he lives on the course and saw the aftermath from the fire. “All I saw was lights, chainsaws running and I’m like ‘Oh my God, what happened’,” said Foell.
Since the fire at the beginning of the month, crews have been working to repair part of the restaurant as they wait for the final insurance report. The roof has been temporarily fixed, and as a result of the fire numerous parties were either relocated to a tent or canceled, WFSB reported.
“They still have the snack bar below which is good, so they’re feeding people. I actually noticed a number of people here for lunch which is nice,” Foell added.
The damage from the fire hasn’t stopped golfers from enjoying the green, and Meriden police are still working to identify the man seen in the video, WFSB reported.
“I just hope they apprehend whoever did it,” Cottiero added.
The golf course superintendent said it is unclear when the restaurant will reopen. In the meantime he said he will try to accommodate as many parties as possible, WFSB reported.