A devastating fire tore through the Milky Way Farms restaurant in March 2011, but the owners of the historic spot worked with local builders to help the business recover and return to its original glory, according to the Towanda Daily Review.
The news source reported that following the fire, the restaurant was closed until late November. After this the reconstruction began, and new technology was put into the building as part of the restoration project.
According to the Review, the owners added a radiant heating system, LED lighting and a passive solar-designed room, helping to increase the energy efficiency of the new restaurant. They noted these additions would help to limit the long-term costs associated with the drop in electricity use for the Milky Way Farms.
Along with the technology that was installed to lower costs, a local artist was hired to paint scenes of nature and the surrounding area, helping to add to the optimistic feel of the new building.
"It looks good," one of the owners told the Review. "We're tickled with what she did."
The owners noted that the restoration project has given new life to the restaurant, and the improvements to the building will ensure its place in the community for years to come.
"It has given us an opportunity to build for the next 50 years and stay a part of the local communities," the owner told the news source.
A radiant heating system not only provides a building owner with lower heating bills and less electricity use, it also helps to distribute the warmth more evenly around rooms, as the temperature difference between the floor and ceiling is minimized.