Stoby’s Restaurant in Conway was declared a total loss after Saturday’s fire, owner David Stobaugh confirmed Wednesday.
"Insurance is not going to be enough to build a new building," he said. "We will have to pay some out of pocket. I’m going to max out my coverage on the equipment and the building."
Stobaugh’s insurance will also go toward making sure the beloved staff is paid while the landmark eatery is out of commission.
He and his wife Patti Stobaugh, who runs Patti Cakes bakery located directly behind Stoby’s that was unaffected by the fire, met with Stoby’s staff on Tuesday to give them an update at another well-known local restaurant — Mike’s Place in downtown Conway.
When the Stobaughs arrived to prepare for the meeting, they were surprised by what they saw.
"This is why I love Conway. Mike and Tonya Coats welcomed us into their restaurant to meet with our employees for the first time since the fire. We asked to use a meeting room. When we arrived, they had drinks and appetizers ready for us. Thanks Mike and Tonya," Patti wrote on her Facebook page after the meeting.
The Stobaughs are working to nail down details on a possible Stoby’s food truck with a limited menu in the interim.
David told the Log Cabin Democrat on Wednesday that he plans to build again.
"I’m thinking I’m going to replicate the original dining room to preserve the look and feel of the place," he said, adding that he hopes to add some additional dining space and improve the bathroom facility.
"The dining room was 25 by 25 feet, maybe less. Some people’s bedrooms are that big. It’s a small place that has served us well."
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