Bonnie Glen: Rising from the ashes
More than two months after a fire destroyed the kitchen at the Bonnie Glen Pavilion, the business’s owner, Michel Diotte, says he hopes to be up and running again by next Spring.
Although Mr. Diotte says he is still dealing with lawyers and insurance agents, he took a big step when he procured a demolition permit from North Glengarry Township. This permit will allow him to tear down certain parts of the structure so that reconstruction can begin.
He hopes construction will begin in November and should last until the late Spring. Mr. Diotte says he’d like the revamped Bonnie Glen Pavilion to resemble the older model, though it will include a new kitchen, new bar, and maybe a newly designed front.
The fire began in the kitchen during the late evening of May 19. Firefighters worked to subdue the flames until well into the next morning. It’s believed the fire caused at least $300,000 in damages.
Located on Highway 43 west of Alexandria, the Bonnie Glen was one of the most popular event venues in Glengarry. It’s hosted countless weddings, public performances, fundraisers, and the annual induction ceremony for the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame.
REBUILDING: Sections of the Bonnie Glen Pavilion will be demolished before reconstruction of the Alexandria banquet hall begins in November.