Ri Ra Irish Pub and Restaurant in Portland reopened Friday, weeks after it was damaged by fire.

The popular waterfront pub was forced to close July 21 after a fire that started in the hood vent at the adjacent restaurant, Flatbread Co.

The fire was contained in the hood and on the roof, but caused some structural, water and smoke damage to Ri Ra. Flatbread had water and smoke damage but did not sustain any structural damage.

The entrance to Ri Ra on Commercial Street in Portland, which was closed for several weeks after a fire started in a hood vent at Flatbread Co. Gordon Chibroski/Staff File Photograph

“We have been working around the clock for the last few weeks to repair the damage,” general manager Jeff Fightmaster said in a news release. “We are excited that the day has come where we can welcome our guests back to the pub. All of our staff are eager to get back to work and are looking forward to a fun weekend.”

Fightmaster said there will be live music all weekend to celebrate the reopening.

He added that he and the staff are appreciative of all the help they received from the fire department, city, contractors and community while repairs were made.


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