AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — A senior investigator with the Amherst Police Department located what appeared to be an active structure fire at the Santora’s Pizza Pub and Grill, located at 7800 Transit Rd., at 8 a.m. Saturday.
Paul Santora says some equipment malfunctioned during daily prep this morning. No one was hurt, but the fire caused nearly half a million dollars in damage.
Police tell News 4 that members of the Main-Transit, East Amherst, Clarence Center, and Harris Hill Fire Departments responded to extinguish the fire.
Santora says he’s grateful for the first responders and the community support and feels this past year of unexpected challenges made them more prepared to handle the fire.
“The experience of closing and opening and losing liquor licenses and all that, it made us realize we can get through anything, so getting through this is just another chapter in where we’re going. “
Santora says he’s already working on reopening the patio at least by some time next week.
The restaurant says its team is working with its vendors to restore essential restaurant systems and will have additional information as the week progresses.
Santora’s asks individuals who have scheduled banquet events at the Transit Road location to call 716-634-6000 and press option 3 to communicate with Galleria staff as Transit phone systems are currently down.
Santora says the kitchen fire has closed its Transit Road location. The Galleria and Millersport locations remain open at this time.