Knowing Tom as I do, I realize on some semi-sober reflection that I could well be old(er) and gray(er) long before he checks his email again, so I’m going to take a leap of faith and publish this. I can’t see anything in there that he might not want made public and maybe a couple of things he like to get out there.
This is terrible. One person dead and the other in critical condition. I did not know the tenants, but the grief is no less real. I had already left for the evening when one of my servers called to tell me about the tragedy. When I swung around the corner I saw 6 or 7 cop cars, fire engines, ambulance, etc. All lights flashing. I identified myself to the officer in charge and he told me as much as he knew. Which wasn’t much.
I phoned our landlord and he came down to assess the situation. He was visibly shaken. He handles all the rentals himself, so he knows the victims. He is a good guy. He seems to be doing maintenance on a regular basis, so I feel that the building is basically sound. I often see him with his tool kit, or bringing in a plumber, electrician, etc. He has already hired a structural engineer to see if there are any defects that need to be addressed in the apartment section of the building. We’re all set in the restaurant section of the building. We should be open sometime on Monday, or at the latest, on Tuesday. Right now, everything depends upon our landlord.
I’ll keep you posted.