Eight weeks ago, Arvada's School House shuttered after an electrical fire in the kitchen. The popular eatery and bar is reopening today, Wednesday, April 13. "School House's dedicated staff and management team have used this time to great effect, creating new cocktails and food selections, as well as a new "whiskey encyclopedia" to entertain and educate customers on one of School House's favorite subjects, the 1100+ whiskeys that fill the two-story bookshelves in its Library Bar," a press release revealed.
During the two months of closure, the community rallied around School House and helped raise money for tipped employees, whose wages were only partially covered by insurance. Businesses like Steuben's and Kline's Beer Hall hosted fundraisers and owner Scott Spears created and sold "Fire Drill" themed t-shirts. As a result of all the efforts, only 3 of the 75+ staff members left for other jobs, two pursuing new career paths.
"I wanted to do as much as I could for our staff during our closure,'" Spears said. "This was a huge financial burden to most of our School House family."
For the next seven days, School House will donate 10% of all sales to the Friends of Arvada Fire to show appreciation to the Arvada Fire Department for saving the building.