Hours after Friday’s five-alarm fire at Pepperbelly’s Comedy Club, crews were still on scene.
Since the comedy club went up in flames, neighboring businesses have seen less foot traffic.
“A few people came in today, that’s it,” says Houssain Karoni, the owner of a neighboring restaurant. The normal Saturday morning foot traffic was outside his restaurant, snapping photos in disbelief.
The fire department described Pepperbelly’s as the anchor of the nightlife in Fairfield, bringing in hundreds of people every weekend for A-list comedy acts. But, now that the club is closed, business owners are concerned.
“Less people means less money for nearby shops and businesses,” one owner told FOX40.
The only question now — when will the jokes and the laughs be back to Fairfield?
“We’re going to try and rebuild it, better than before,” the club’s owner told FOX40.
If all parties cooperate, fire officials estimate it could take up to one year to rebuild.