Adolfo Godinez, owner of La Bamba restaurant and grocery store in Sparkill, in a 2010 photo inside the shop.
Last Sunday, chef Kevin Reilly and his girlfriend, Maria Santini, were relaxing at the bar after a busy night at their restaurant, Roost, when they heard people screaming and running down the stairs.
In an apartment above, officials said, a space heater started a fire that destroyed the top floors of the building. The fire also jumped to the building next door, where it destroyed two more apartments and another restaurant, La Bamba.
A week later, the bar where Reilly was sitting is covered in mud. The upstairs apartments are charred ruins. And water and smoke damage is everywhere.
Still, Reilly and the owners of La Bamba — Adolfo and Anjelica Godinez — say they will reopen. Reilly isn’t sure whether he will relocate or rebuild. The Godinezes, who own both buildings, say they will rebuild in Sparkill.
Reilly says he is waiting to hear whether the building is structurally sound before talking about a time frame for reopening. The Godinez family, however, is firm in its plans: “We have to open again,” says Adolfo. “No matter what, we have to open.”
Reilly and Santini, right, at Roost this summer.
Adolfo wouldn’t guess how long it would take to rebuild, but he did say that both his restaurant and the Mexican grocery that shared the space would “definitely reopen.”
The family also owns Zapata, a Mexican restaurant in Palisades.
Reilly says he will consult and do events while he is waiting for insurance inspectors and word about rebuilding.