WESTIFELD, NJ – Rock ‘n’ Joe’s in Downtown Westfield is tentatively set to re-open next week following an electrical fire on Saturday, according to owner Lincoln Chaudry.
The small fire was caused by an electrical short in the ceiling. According to Chaudry, the fire department needed to break through part of the wall and the ceiling to find the spark before dousing the area in water.
“We are very thankful that the fire department came in time. It could have been much worse,” Chaudry said. “They did what they had to do and I’m very thankful for their help, but now we have to do a remodel and get the permits.”
According to Chaudry, more than half of the furniture in the store had to be thrown away, along with all of the food for this week. Combined with the electric repairs, the restoration of the wall and ceiling and all the cosmetic repairs, Chaudry is out between $25,000 and $30,000, he said.
“Insurance is not being very helpful, so all these things are very stressful,” he said. "Even for a small fire, we’ll be out of business for a week and a half.”
Chaudry has a rough inspection scheduled for Thursday. Once that is complete, he can schedule a final inspection. After that, the board of health must conduct an additional inspection, he said.
“It’s a challenge,” Chaudry said. “We are hoping for early to mid-next week, but it all determines on the town inspectors. The town is very helpful and expediting the process.”
Once they open, Chaudry hopes that Westfield residents show the same love they show Rock ‘n’ Joe’s previously, he said.
“We really appreciate the residents, because they are our main customers,” Chaudry said. “They’re great customers and we love them. We would appreciate if they can help us come out of this hole.”