Neil Deakin says his popular Laidley restaurant Emily’s is back in business.
Neil Deakin says his popular Laidley restaurant Emily’s is back in business. Sarah Harvey

Emily's ready to take orders

Emily’s restaurant in Laidley’s Patrick St was inundated with water when flash floods wreaked havoc in the township in January.

But after several weeks of cleaning and re-ordering stock, Emily’s is on track to open its doors from tomorrow morning.

Owner Neil Deakin said the long delay in reopening was partly to do with finalising his insurance and organising his insurance payout.

Mr Deakin said he was fortunate his insurance covered the cost of replacing lost and damaged equipment and furniture.

“In a way, it’s all come good,” Mr Deakin said.

“I now have all brand-new cooking equipment and furniture, and fencing has been completed outside and landscaping done.”

Mr Deakin passed on his thanks to everyone in the community who had volunteered their time to help him during an “extremely difficult time”.

“The most heartening offer of help came from the Exchange Hotel, who allowed me to continue operating from their kitchen for as long as I wanted.

“I now owe it to my loyal customers to be up and running again, and to provide a better service than before.” 



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