An early-morning fire on Friday July 2 caused extensive damage at Viva Pizzeria, forcing the indefinite closure of the restaurant. However, co-owner Tanya Fraioli said she’s feeling confident that it will open again.
“We’re going to work as fast as we can to get it back up again,” Fraioli said.
At around 12:50 a.m., Woodinville Fire & Rescue received a call of a reported dumpster fire that was beginning to spread to the nearby building at 14505 148th Ave NE, according to fire district spokesperson Catherine Breault.
The flames had spread into the attic of the building when crews arrived, she said. Woodinville firefighters received assistance from Redmond, Kirkland and Bothell fire departments. To perform smoke ventilation, firefighters had to cut several holes in the room, Breault said.
Crews extinguished the flames within about 30 minutes, she said, but stayed on scene until about 6:46 a.m. to ensure no embers flared up and reignited.
No other businesses in the building were damaged, Breault said.
It’s too early to know how long it will take to perform the needed repairs, according to Fraioli. The blaze started at the back of the building and wiped out its dining room, which had just opened amid lifted pandemic restrictions.
Her and her husband, the other co-owner Giuseppe Forte, are most concerned about their ability to retain their employees, Fraioli said. There are more than 60 people on staff.
Insurance will cover some of their wages, but only for a limited period of time and it won’t include what they would normally also receive in tips, she said.
Woodinville Wine Country created a GoFundMe site to help support the pizzeria's employees, according to Executive Director Amber Schmitt.
Frailoli said the support they've been shown is another reason she wants so badly to re-open.
"We love the community," she said. "We love the outpouring of support from the community, and I don't want to go out this way."