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Mt. Hope Plaza businesses bounce back after last year's fire

Mt. Hope Plaza: A tough holiday season last year but a much different story this December. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. - Mt. Hope Plaza: A tough holiday season last year but a much different story this December.

Store managers told 13WHAM business is getting back to the holiday rush they count on.

In November 2016, Jing Li restaurant caught fire, forcing several neighboring businesses to close.

Fortune Chinese Food re-opened in that space a few days ago, and other businesses are bouncing back.

“We got a brand new restaurant. It was really bad (after the fire), but we're excited and back open,” said Elena Garcia, who works at Sea Restaurant.

Customers who would eat downtown while Sea Restaurant was closed, enjoyed pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup, Sunday.

Now, they’re happy eating at their favorite place.

A few doors down, Hikari Food and Grocery manager Leo Gul says the store shut down for weeks after the fire.

“Christmas and holidays are usually our busiest times of year,” said Gul.

“We never closed that many days in our history and that was definitely rough on us.” Gul said he's grateful this holiday season is off to a better start.

“I usually go to the store in Henrietta,” first time customer Aisha Mills said. “I know where you all are, so I'll be back.”

The Rochester Fire Department says the fire was accidental, caused by a cooking fire in the restaurant.

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