Peel reopens for business after fire

Peel Brewing Company reopening

Neena Cusick, Amber Waterson, and James Climaco were the first customers to swing by Peel after they reopened Wednesday morning. Kelli Andrews brings James his lunch. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

O’FALLON – Peel Wood Fired Pizza and Brewery has re-opened for business, ten days after the back wall of the restaurant burned due to a dumpster fire.

Owner Patrick Thirion said all of the inspectors have cleared the restaurant and that they are completely back open. He said it was a top priority for he and co-owner Brandon Case to re-open quickly so their employees didn’t suffer at all.

“We used all of our employees to come in here and help clean so they could keep working. We had full staff every single day. It’s not a good situation for anyone like this to be closed, but we did everything we could to keep them working. They did 100 percent of the cleaning,” said Thirion.

Thirion said the damage to the inside of Peel wasn’t that bad and made it possible to re-open so quickly.

“There was mostly just a smell of smoke to the air. The smoke that came in had no soot, so there was no soot on anything. We still treated it with a full restoration and cleaning.  We treated it like it was a severe fire even though it wasn’t that bad inside,” he said. “We had to redo all of the inside stuff with the proper fire barrier, drywall. All of the safety mechanisms are in place.”

The proximity of the brewery to where the fire took place was a concer, but Thirion said the brewing was not impacted and will continue as normal.

“Everything is good with he brewery We’re going to start brewing tomorrow. For about a week straight we’ve been cleaning it and getting it ready. The fire never got that far, and thankfully no smoke or water even got into the brewery. Even though its pretty close to where it all happened, it wasn’t affected,” said Thirion.

Thirion said he’s just glad to get things back to normal.

“It feels really good. Feels like a grand opening again.”

Peel Wood Fired Pizza and Brewery is located at the intersection of South Cherry Street and First Street in downtown O’Fallon.