South Hill restaurant open after van crashes into dining area

Staff writerDecember 10, 2013 

The Original Pancake House was back in business Tuesday morning after a man drove a van through the restaurant Monday night.

Blake Williams, one of the restaurant's owners, said the incident happened around 6 p.m. The van went through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows and straight into the dining room, he said.

Williams said the vehicle drove through the half of the building that is generally unoccupied during the evening and nobody was injured.

"Fortunately, as a breakfast restaurant, dinner is not our busiest time," he said Tuesday. "If it had been during the morning it would have been a different story."

Pierce County Sheriff's deputies and Central Pierce Fire & Rescue responded to the accident. Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said a police report and more information on the driver was not immediately available Tuesday afternoon.

Williams said the vehicle left a 10-foot-by-12-foot hole in the front of the business, and staff and the restaurant's contractor worked until midnight cleaning up debris and patching up damage.

The estimated cost to fix the damage is still being determined, but Williams said most of it was aesthetic or cosmetic.  

“Business is back up as usual,” he said.

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