LAWRENCE (CBS) – A popular diner in Lawrence opened Friday morning for the first time since the Merrimack Valley explosions.
Carleen’s Coffee Shop is one of the last businesses to reopen. It comes four months after a devastating series of fires and explosions in the region.READ MORE: MBTA Giving Out $5 Dunkin' Gift Cards And Free Masks At 15 Stations Monday
Owner John Farrington told WBZ-TV the delayed opening was due to issues with Columbia Gas getting appliances. He says he never expected to be closed for this long.READ MORE: Unvaccinated State Workers Could Lose Jobs With Vaccine Mandate Now In Effect
“At first I figured we would be open the next day. I wasn’t sure how. It took a couple days to settle in how bad it was,” Farrington said.
Carleen’s has been in business for more than 30 years. In a post on their Facebook page, the restaurant thanked family and friends for sticking by them.MORE NEWS: Lawrence High School Teachers Will Rally Before Class To Protest Spike In Violence
They say they hope customers will come back.