Jose Jalapenos to Reopen After Roof Fire

5 years 3 weeks 4 days ago Friday, July 26 2013 Jul 26, 2013 Friday, July 26, 2013 1:46:00 PM CDT July 26, 2013 in News
By: Patrick Rawlings, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - José Jalapeños will reopen Friday less than 24-hours after a fire engulfed materials on the roof over the restaurant.

"We're gonna open tonight," said  Megan Hernandez, co-owner of José Jalapeños. "We just got our approval."

Evacuation of the restaurant began soon after customers saw smoke Thursday night.

"I called 911 and then proceeded to evacuate the restaraunt and Lazer Lanes, and get our customers out," said Hernandez. "By the time we got outside that's when it wasn't just smoke, it was flames."

"Roof company fixed the roofing over there," said co-owner José Hernandez. "Something they messed up, that's what it was."

Watching the flames loom over their business was difficult for both. The restaurant opened on May 3.

"It's heartbreaking," Megan Heranandez said. "We've spent many years preparing for it, and to sit back and watch it go up in flames, not knowing if you're going to be able to reopen."

"This business is hope...Columbia has welcomed us so much. Just yesterday standing with our customers they were wanting to hold our hands."

Megan Hernandez is expecting her second child.

"Well, opening a restaurant is like giving birth, so we're just going to do it twice in the same year." 

For José Hernandez, the restaurant means a better life for his family.

"That's my family number one, so that's why it's a lot for me. And I worked for my whole life before I married," he said. "I got a dream to take care of my son, and my daughter's coming soon. That's why it means a lot for me."

Both owners said the restaurant will be open for business Friday night and look forward to welcoming customers back.

"Everthing's good," said José.  "We hope to see them again."

The Hernandez's are unsure of the cost of the damage.

More News

Grid
List
After several meetings regarding Jefferson City’s budget, the city’s budget committee held a public hearing Monday night. Mayor Carrie... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 7:55:00 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - MU's campus was more crowded Monday compared to recent years. Freshman enrollment has the highest increase in... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 6:39:00 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
LEBANON (AP) — A 31-year-old Missouri teacher was given a suspended sentence in a case of sexual conduct with a... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 5:59:00 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Officers arrested two men in connection to a Monday shooting on Eastland Circle. Columbia Police officers responded... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 5:52:00 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Matt Garrett has been named general manager of KOMU 8 and Mid-Missouri’s CW. He has served in the... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 5:03:17 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
FESTUS (AP) — A U.S. Army helicopter was forced by bad weather to make an emergency landing at a restaurant... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 4:56:00 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – After three weekends in a row of gunfire downtown, this past weekend was relatively quiet in comparison. Since... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 4:29:00 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A nurse who falsely claimed to provide health care services to Carl DeBrodie pleaded guilty to a... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 4:05:00 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A judge has sentenced a man to life in prison for attempting to rape a Missouri State... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 3:49:53 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A couple claims in a lawsuit that a former top lay official in the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Catholic... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 3:46:52 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
O'FALLON (AP) — Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is investigating why a suburban St. Louis polling place opened 90... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 3:42:09 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - In wake of the worsening drought conditions throughout Missouri, Governor Mike Parson announced in a press conference... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 3:14:00 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - City council members will give the public its first chance Monday night to comment on the budget for... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 1:58:00 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - An electrical fire at a Columbia shop caused about $10,000 in damages Sunday afternoon. The Columbia Fire... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 1:41:00 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - Four people took a golf cart for a joyride Saturday morning, according to the Camden County Sheriff's... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 1:12:00 PM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - University of Missouri police are crediting the public for helping them find the suspect in a sex offense... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 10:23:00 AM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative for the U.S., the Trump administration... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 10:20:55 AM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police are investigating three separate homicides over a 12-hour span. KMBC-TV reports... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, August 20 2018 Aug 20, 2018 Monday, August 20, 2018 7:42:00 AM CDT August 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 68°
10pm 67°
11pm 67°
12am 68°
1am 68°