A North State restaurant in Dunsmuir famous for its burgers is one step closer to reopening its doors after closing because of a fire.
Yak's on the Five was closed back in November after a fire broke out in the kitchen, but owners say they're eager to get back to slinging burgers.
Ever since then, locals and travelers alike have been disappointed to learn the news that the restaurant is temporarily closed.
Wednesday afternoon, several drivers pulled up to the restaurant and were disappointed to learn it was closed.
“And we came up to Mt. Shasta with a coworker and we had to stop at Yak's,” Jeff Ennen of Redding said. “He said Yak's is the place to stop for a good burger. And now we show up and it's unfortunately closed. So I'm looking forward to my first Yak's burger.”
Steve Brownell of Redding says Yak’s is a halfway point for him and his son, and they planned on having a burger.
“It says it's one of the 100 best restaurants nationwide,” Brownell said. “So we thought we'd stop in and grab a bite to eat.”
Co-owner Mike Kerns says about a hundred people stop by on any given day.
“But one of the most phenomenal things that has taken place for us it is that this has become a destination point for travelers from Seattle all the way down to San Diego,” Kerns said.
Conveniently located just off Interstate 5, he says people plan their trips around a visit to Yak's
But the restaurant's biggest following comes from Redding, where it started about 15 to 20 years ago.
“Golly, I think sometimes 80 percent of our customers might be from the Redding area,” Kerns said. “So it's just been a great, great legacy we've been able to continue here.”
Kerns said he and his staff love talking and interacting with people and they look forward to being able to serve their guests again in the next few weeks.
“And we're just thankful for being part of such a great community here in the North State,” Kerns said.
He says if all goes well with inspections, they're shooting for a late February, early March opening.