Fire devastates Burgee Dave’s at The Mayo in Camptonville
Editor, The Camptonville Courier
Currently, donations can be mailed to Burgee Dave’s at the Mayo, PO Box 328, Camptonville, CA 95922. Up-to-date information on fundraisers, work days, and ways to help will be posted on their Facebook page: BurgeeDavesAtTheMayo. Or, “Just show up” Price said. “And we’ll make this happen!”
Early Thursday morning a fire broke out in the back room of Burgee Dave’s restaurant and bar in the historic Mayo Building in Camptonville.
Owners Brian Price and Sandi Kubich escaped their upstairs apartment with their animals, though one cat is recuperating from smoke inhalation. The Camptonville Volunteer Fire Department kept the fire from doing more damage as it moved from the back to the dining room and bar.
At this point, the cause of the fire is undetermined.
The current Mayo Building was re-built 111 years ago by Orin Mayo after a fire leveled the building in 1906. Mayo constructed 16-inch concrete walls with the intent it would never burn down again.
“Though we’re absolutely devastated, it’s a miracle the historic bar is still intact,” Kubich said. “It’s a sign to us The Mayo needs to be re-built.”
The couple announced that’s what they plan to do. There has been an outpouring of support from the community, on Facebook and from groups and customers from all over the state. The day after the fire, two young girls from Dobbins set up a lemonade stand outside The Mayo and gave their $41 profit to Price and Kubich. Over the next few days, folks from as far away as Grass Valley and Marysville showed up to give a hug and a helping hand.
Just hours after the last fire truck left, Price was seen serving hamburgers on the outside grill to a woman and her mother in a wheelchair who had driven an hour and a half to have a Bloody Mary.
Featured in magazines and newspapers for their unique Mayo experience, Price and Kubich have helped put Camptonville on the map.
The couple has many reasons for wanting to rebuild. For starters, the duo wants to keep their 14 staff employed — all are local from Yuba, Sierra, and Nevada counties.
“We want to continue being responsible for ourselves, our community, and our customers,” Price said. “We have some insurance, but we’re not sure how much will be covered.”
They will definitely plan some fundraising, though right now, their energy is on keeping Burgee Dave’s open, serving food from their outdoor kitchen and patio (built only two months ago), and figuring out the next steps.
Shirley DicKard is the editor of the The Camptonville Courier. She can be reached at email@example.com, or 530-288-3479.
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