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Foster’s Meats Reopens, Fire Cause Still Being Investigated

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 12:19 PM

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The second of two vendor stands damaged by fire at Cleveland’s West Side Market reopened today. Ideastream’s Brian Bull has more…

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The iconic steer head is back, as Foster's Meats returns after a January 30th fire damaged the stand (pic by Brian Bull) Brian Foster (inset) and his stand after the January 30th fire (burnt stand pic by Rugger Fatica) Foster chats with a customer on the stand's first day back in operation (pic by Brian Bull) Foster says the fire cost him $15,000 in damages, but he's replaced damaged appliances and restocked his meat for today (pic by Brian Bull) Meanwhile, Sebastian's Meats has been relocated.  A walled-off barrier marks its original location (pic by Brian Bull)

Shoppers are circling Foster’s Meats again. 

A woman with a beehive hairdo slides her sunglasses down and points out her order.

“Would you find me two small lamb shanks?” she asks, as a counter worker opens up a glass sliding panel. “Thank you very much…”

Since a fire broke out January 30th, Brian Foster’s stand had been out of commission, until now. He says it’s great to finally get back to business.

“Took awhile for the fire investigation. Something electric, but I’m not sure exactly what.  I think it was just a fluke thing.  I don’t think it was nothing intentional.  And then they needed to get the counter installed.  All new equipment, everything’s nice, shiny, clean.  And the customers couldn’t wait for me to get back.”

Foster also shelled out $2400 for the new stuffed steer head that beckons shoppers from its perch above the stand. The old one was destroyed in the fire. 

Another stand, Sebastian’s Meats, reopened in March.  The rest of the West Side Market was closed for three weeks, as crews cleaned up and investigators looked into possible causes. 

Market administrators say that investigation still continues. 


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