SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Customers at The Brewhouse on Montecito Street in Santa Barbara noticed a closed sign and caution tape outside the bar on Wednesday, but the owner still welcomed them inside to take a look at the damage from an early morning fire.
Pete Johnson said his bar is a bit like Cheers, he knows all of his regular customers by name.
He said he woke up to a call about the fire and rushed over.
He believes a glue gun that was turned off, but still plugged into the wall, may have caused the fire. It is used to seal large beer containers that customers can buy for $15 to bring home.
Damage behind the bar includes a melted shelf and a large screen TV looks like it had melted.
Bottles and the ceiling are blackened by smoke. Ash-covered ribbons, won for beer, still lined the wall. Firefighters said the brewery and the kitchen were not damaged.
Johnson hopes to open the beer in a couple of weeks, but he admits it may take longer. He hopes the repairs will make The Brewhouse better than ever.
The Brewhouse staff has set up a GoFundMe account to help with some of the costs associated with the restaurant being closed while repairs get underway. Visit the GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/help-the-brewhouse-staff.