A neon ‘open’ sign buzzes in the front window of Law & Orders restaurant today for the first time in a year, a view Jamie Law thought he might never see again.
“It feels amazing, it’s been a long time coming,” says Law, who owns the burger joint that burned to the ground following an explosion in February 2016. “There were about five people waiting outside the doors this morning before we opened at 11 a.m.”
The new restaurant is bright thanks to the many windows that run along the entire front of the building. A floor-to-ceiling patio door opens onto a brand-new deck with outdoor seating – perfect timing for the warm weather that’s around the corner.
There are a couple of televisions on the grey walls and country music plays from indoor and outdoor surround sound speakers. The rustic-style restaurant has ample seating, tables and bar stools, all on trend with Law & Orders classic red, black, white and grey theme.
“I surrounded myself with the best people during this whole journey,” Law says. He says about 90 per cent of the re-building project was done by locals. “I can say I had the best electrician, the best plumber, the best carpenters, the best dry-wallers. Honestly, everyone was really great.”
The restaurant also has a community room on the lower level for “random private parties, like meetings or birthday parties,” Law explains. The community room has a coat room, bathroom and Wi-Fi.
“We really just want this to feel like home. A home away from home,” says Law.
Located at 13694 Highway 7 in between Carleton Place and Perth, Law & Orders boasts a fresh, non-frozen menu with 100 per cent pure beef patties and fresh, hand-cut fries.
Along with the new building, Law & Orders is also introducing a few new items on the menu, like authentic hand made spring rolls, new spicy burgers, and a few signature pizzas.
Law suggests a burger with fries or poutine for people eating at Law & Orders for the first time. “The burgers are dynamite.”
New merchandise is also on sale, including children’s tees with the Law & Orders logo, baby onesies and aprons, just to name a few.
“I’ve said it before, but I really do have the best customers,” Law says. “I couldn’t do this without the support of my family and the community.”
Law had a six-month old baby when the restaurant exploded into flames on Feb. 2, 2016. The blast was so loud neighbours heard it and debris was scattered across the two-lane highway,
“My wife was on maternity leave, we had no other income. A lot of times I wanted to quit, but my family and friends kicked my butt to keep me going,” says Law. “There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Law & Orders is planning a grand re-opening in the next few weeks with some fun activities. “We’ve got to keep it fun and keep the community fed,” Law says laughing. “This is truly amazing, I can’t stop smiling. I must have heard congratulations 30 or 40 times today already.”