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Back Open for Business! Three Rivers Restaurant Re-Opens After Fire

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The "Sequoia Cider Mill Restaurant" in Three Rivers is back in business.
It's a special day for Efrain Ponce, the owner of the restaurant.
His family joined him Wednesday during a ribbon cutting ceremony, which signifies a new beginning.
"It's a good feeling to know that you are liked and wanted and that they are waiting for you. It makes me feel great," said Ponce.
Ponce adds that the experience is also a bittersweet reminder of what they lost.
Two years ago the Cider Mill nearly burned to the ground.
Firefighters put out the flames but could not save the life of Ponce's 13-year-old nephew.
"He wanted to work here, he liked being here. That's why he was here. It is sad but life goes on," said Ponce.
They are picking up the pieces from where they left off, which Ponce says has been like therapy.
Most importantly, it's brought the old gang back together.
"We work with family so it's always nice to be here. There are no fights, no drama and everybody just gets along," said Graciela Gonzalez, Ponce's niece.
The grill is fired up and things are already cooking.
The order are pouring in and it's as if they never skipped a beat; ready to serve up real, home-style cooking.
"It's a nice restaurant and we need nice restaurants in Three Rivers. It's nice to stay in Three Rivers and support our businesses," said Denise Nesmith, a frequent customer.
Locals say it's famous for its burgers, steak and of course customer service.
"We are thrilled to see them fighting back and back here today and we all had to get here," said Leah Launey, a customer.
The community came out Wednesday to show support and help the family kick things back up.
"You know without them we probably wouldn't be here but they showed support for us so we decided to come back. It's all thanks to them," said Ponce.


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