Seester’s Mexican Cantina reopening today

By Matt Masterson - Freeman Staff

Nov. 7, 2014

A sign outside Seester's Mexican Cantina Thursday shows that the restaurant will reopen today for the first time since it was damaged by fire in August.
 Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

PEWAUKEE -  Seester’s Mexican Cantina will open its doors again today, more than a month after a kitchen fire forced it to temporarily shut down.

Manager Shari Petaschnick said staff hasn’t taken a break during the closure, but has just taken on some different jobs for the time being.

“We have all been here 12 hours per day doing whatever,” she said. ”Even the restoration guys’ work sometimes - because we have to get back to work.”

She said owner Lynn Kniaz has been working at the site night and day.

On Aug. 28, an alarm was triggered at nearby Siepmann Company and members of the Pewaukee Fire Department had to force their way into the restaurant to handle the fire.

No injuries were reported, but the fire appeared to have begun in the grill area of the kitchen before spreading next door into The Chocolate Factory.

Petaschnick said she still doesn’t know what caused the fire, but her only concern at this point is getting the Pewaukee lakefront restaurant up and running again.

She said during the closure she would return voicemails left by regular customers, and people walking by regularly peek in to see how the restaurant looks.

“All we really care about at this point is getting back to work,” she said. “We miss everybody so much.”

Upon reopening, Seester’s will be going into its winter hours, meaning it will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to close. The restaurant’s annual “last breakfast,” planned for Labor Day weekend, has also been rescheduled for Nov. 30.

After weeks of long hours and hard work, Petaschnick only had one more thing to say about Friday’s reopening:

“We are ready.”