It was a delicious day for Foon Hai restaurant customers, not to mention the relieved owner.
The longtime Exchange District Chinese eatery reopened Monday after being closed almost two months due to frozen pipes.
Owner Stanley Dare said he's hoping now that the water is flowing, his customers will also flow back.
"We're busy already," Dare said just before noon Monday.
"I'm hoping to get a full house in at lunch, even though it's a Monday. I've definitely been looking forward to today."
March 3 was the day water stopped flowing through the pipes into the restaurant at 329 William Ave. Civic water staff came to check out the problem, but it was quickly determined the pipes had frozen on the other side of the street from the restaurant. A city crew came back last week to excavate part of the street to get to the pipe, and by late Friday -- 53 days after the water stopped -- it started running again.
Dare had to lay off his staff during the closure and throw out the food that had been on hand when he was forced to close.
Dare said he spent the weekend buying food and preparing it for the reopening.
"The city has told us to keep the water running continuously until June to make sure the pipe doesn't freeze again," Dare said.
City spokeswoman Lisa Fraser said city crews thaw pipes in the order they are reported to 311, but there are exceptions that are dealt with faster. The exceptions include hospitals and health-care facilities, schools and daycares, people with special health needs, properties without a temporary hose line and properties that use water for heating.