Oasis restaurant in Bay City reopens more than 1 year after fire - WNEM TV 5

Oasis restaurant in Bay City reopens more than 1 year after fire

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

A popular Mid-Michigan restaurant reopened on Friday, more than one year after it was destroyed in a massive fire.

The fire forced the Oasis Lounge in Bay City to shut down just before the beginning of Lenten season last year.

After months of renovation, the restaurant reopened with just a couple of fish fry Fridays left.

"It's like a big family restaurant. Everybody in the family that has been here forever running this place. They're awesome," said Donna Hansen, server at the Oasis.

Hansen and other staff were left picking up the ashes when a fire gutted the restaurant last year.

"I was fortunate enough to have another job at that point, but we were all really worried about it at first. But everybody is doing really good now I think," Hansen said.

The Oasis is bouncing back as well. After some major renovations in both the kitchen and dining areas, the restaurant welcomed customers on March 23.

Manager Cassie Huizar said the results are quite spectacular.

"Everything in here is brand new. Everything," Huizar said.

For employees like Hansen, coming back to work at Oasis will be like a family reunion.

"It is, everybody knows each other. Everybody waves. It's like a different part of Bay City," Hansen said.

Betty Potts is a devout Catholic from Standish. We made the trip to Bay City for the reopening and said the restaurant means even more to her now that it has returned.

"Yeah, it's like a landmark. And we didn't know for sure if they were going to open, but we were real pleased that they did," Potts said.

Oasis will be open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Then it will begin regular business hours in April.

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