After part of the drop ceiling collapsed early Tuesday morning at Baker’s Diner, the owners say they may be able to open again on Wednesday.
The ceiling came down about 3 a.m. Tuesday when a server and customer were inside the 24-hour restaurant in Carroll Township, York County. Neither person was hurt, emergency responders said.
The collapse happened at the tail end of a busy Labor Day weekend.
“If this would have happened with people inside with injuries, we wouldn’t be talking about a renovation. We’d be talking about an investigation,” said Bill Hronis, a co-owner of the diner.
Contractors, engineers, electricians and restaurant employees spent the day cleaning up and repairing the damaged ceiling. Hronis said the workers aimed to be done by Tuesday evening. Should the township’s code enforcer, Bob Shelly, give the OK, the restaurant could open Wednesday morning.
Shelly said he hadn’t determined the cause of the collapse as of Tuesday afternoon.
In the eight years the Hronis family has owned the decades-old restaurant, it’s undergone some renovations.
“It’s probably from our first phase, which is back in 2006, which was the first phase of renovation. They probably didn’t put the proper supports that were needed to hold all that weight. And over time, this is what happens. We’re just very thankful that this happened when it did,” said co-owner, Alex Hronis.