The fire engine parked outside Hideaway Pizza in Nichols Hills was no cause for alarm.
A year after the popular pizza joint was devoured by fire, the restaurant on Monday officially reopened — and treated the firefighters who had responded a year ago to lunch.
Capt. Daniel Orr was among the firefighters enjoying the pizza.
“We usually eat at the station,” he said. “(Hideaway) called us this morning, which was nice. It doesn't usually happen.”
The origin of the early morning blaze Sept. 25, 2012, couldn't be determined. The interior of the building was severely damaged, but the structure was sound enough to remodel, said Janie Harris, a spokeswoman for Hideaway Pizza.
An Oklahoma native
The location, 6616 N Western, was Hideaway's first in Oklahoma City and one of its most successful, she added.
“How lucky are we to have a customer base just holding their breath for us to reopen,” she said.
Customers will notice a few changes: wood accents on the walls, more flat-screen TVs and a bar. The hours (opens at 11 a.m., closes at 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays) remain the same.
About 20 percent of the staff came back after spending the past year working at other Hideaway locations. Injecting a little humor to the situation, wait staff on Monday wore T-shirts that read “Hideaway Pizza Fire Department: serving smoking hot pizza and putting out fires since 1957.”
Co-owners Darren Lister and Brett Murphy said rebuilding took longer than they liked, but the process after a fire is different from building from scratch. It cost “a lot,” Harris said, but declined to quote a more specific amount.