Bon­nie Glen: Ris­ing from the ashes

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

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.

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