Freshly renovated Pizza King restaurant reopening Monday

By Lynn R. Parks

After being forced to close following a Dec. 14 fire that gutted the kitchen, Pizza King in Seaford is set to reopen Monday. The Stein Highway restaurant will open at 5:30 a.m., ready to serve breakfast. "We will be fully opened, 100 percent capable of handling everything that comes our way," said restaurant owner Brad Baynum. Baynum is expecting a big day. "Everywhere I go, I see a lot of my customers and they all ask me, 'When are you going to open back up?'" he said. "I'm thinking that it's going to be busy." After the fire, Baynum was told by insurance investigators that repairing the restaurant would take up to four months. "That wasn't even an option," he said. "I wanted to get back open as quickly as possible." To help him do that, Baynum used local contractors and crews to renovate his restaurant. He acted as the general contractor.

"I am very pleased," he said. "I thought that that was the best way to get the restaurant repaired and I'm glad that I was right." Baynum said that other than new upholstery, the Pizza King will look much as it did before the December fire. It will accommodate the same number of customers and will be laid out the same way as it was. He expects all of the people who were employed there at the time of the fire to return, he said. The fire marshal has ruled that the Dec. 14 fire was caused by an electrical malfunction in the restaurant's exterior wall. The alarm was called in at around 10 a.m. when employees noticed smoke. The Seaford Volunteer Fire Department responded, assisted by the Bridgeville and Blades fire departments. Employees as well as customers of the restaurant were able to leave the building without incident.

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