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Jon Thomas Inne survives second fire

Volunteers from five fire departments -- Bay Shore,

Volunteers from five fire departments -- Bay Shore, West Islip, Islip, North Babylon and Brentwood -- battle a blaze at the Jon Thomas Inne on Howells Road in Brightwaters early Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Credit: Paul Mazza

After two devastating fires in two years, the Jon Thomas Inne has risen from the ashes and is open for business again.

The historic restaurant was undergoing renovations from a fire in December 2013, when another fire in November shuttered it for nine months.

The restaurant, built in 1925, used to also operate as an inn for workers building nearby Pilgrim State Hospital. The inn was opened by the husband-and-wife ballroom dancing team of Arthur (Otto) Miller and Josephine (Ethye) Miller -- known as the "Marvelous Millers."

The restaurant officially reopened Tuesday, once again slinging its hearty fare of burgers and chops.

"We actually were slammed last night," said Andy Mulqueen, one of five owners of the restaurant, who said the restaurant's revival has "been a long time coming."

To the loyal customers who have been waiting, Mulqueen said "welcome back and we're glad to see your faces."

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