Michigan restaurant re-opens after destructive fire last July

A New Buffalo hot spot, drawing in thousands from across the country during busy summer months, is celebrating the grand opening of its new facility on Thursday, after a destructive fire in July 2012.

The Stray Dog Bar and Grill officially re-opens to the public on June 27.

It was a long year for Mark and Leslie Denasi, owners of the restaurant, who knew they wanted to re-open the popular bar and grill.

"It's been a struggle. I mean, watching the building burn and knowing about the people who work here and what they were going to do, but my husband and I knew immediately we were going to rebuild," said Leslie Denasi. "The Stray Dog has been a part of our life since 2001, 2003 at this location, and we are part of new Buffalo."

The Denasi's say the city was behind them through the entire process of re-building.

in fact, Michigan Senator John Proos played a role in helping the Stray Dog get back to business.

When they rebuilt, Proos says they had new boundaries, which forced them to acquire a new liquor license. He helped usher that process through so they could reopen. Proos attended the opening on Thursday.

The new building is almost identical to the original Stray Dog, with several upgrades, including more room, more windows, and new menu items.

For more information on the Stray Dog Bar and Grill, click here for the website.

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