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July 2012

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ne Food B Nearly a year after a devastating fire, 5 Corners Kitchen is back— and better than ever. By Jeanne O'Brien Coffey Out of the Ashes y all accounts, Julian Edel- man had a terrific eighth birth- day party. He and his friends got to make their own pasta at one of the North Shore's hottest restau- rants—5 Corners Kitchen in Marblehead. Of course, Julian had a special connec- tion—his dad, chef/owner Barry Edelman. By around 1 p.m. that sunny Wednesday last July, the final guests had filed out. A half hour later, firefighters were called to the restaurant. "I didn't even have time to clean out the pasta machine," Edelman recalls ruefully. But it turns out the scrub-down re- 54 July 2012 quired for the kitchen equipment—the only thing salvaged from the fire—would be the easy part. What Edelman thought would be a three-month process has turned into an 11-month ordeal to reopen the restaurant that routinely drew diners from Boston and even Philadelphia to sample his elegant French-infused cuisine. There is, however, a happy aside: 5 Corners was named one of the best new restaurants in Boston in the 2011/2012 Zagat Guide. Edelman marks the time that has passed since the fire as a rundown of a restaurant's busiest times. "At first," he says, "we were sure we'd be open by the holidays. Then we were sure we'd be open by Valentine's Day." Now, it appears that the restaurant will reopen around Inde- pendence Day. And when it does, it will be double in size, with a kitchen nearly three times that of the original. Edelman admits that getting to this The new 5 Corners, in progress. Frame Work happy spot has been a rough road. The first hurdle? Insurance companies. Edelman says he was unknowingly underinsured— probably by about 75 percent. But that was just the beginning. His business, along with Terry's Ice Cream Shop next door, were the only ones damaged in the fire, but that meant that three different insurance com- panies—one for 5 Corners, one for Terry's, and one for the building's owner—all had to agree on who should pay what to whom. While local officials and the state fire photographs by adam detour

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