BRACKNEY, Pa. (WBNG) — A Susquehanna County business is back open after fires in 2017 and 2018 tore through it.
The Brackney Inn reopened its doors at 2 p.m. Friday.
Everyone we spoke with was glad to see the historic inn up and running again, especially its owner.
“It’s very exciting. A lot of the people that haven’t been here in a year and a half that are walking around, looking at the whole place, are in disbelief. They said it doesn’t look like the same bar, it looks totally different,” Greg MacBlane told 12 News.
When asked about trying again despite what’s happened in the past, “I always give them the same answer: I’m too young to retire and I’m too old to start something,” MacBlane said.
Now, months after the second fire, the inn is back open thanks to the help of friends like Hunter Zurbruegg.
“The framing and structure is new wood but all the barn wood is from 1840s civil war era,” Zurbruegg said.
He said the inn was a gathering place for the community.
“It deserves to be brought back and here it is,” Zurbruegg said.
Other patrons are equally pleased about The Brackney Inn’s reopening.
“Everybody seems happy. They’re jovial, glad to be here, glad to see old friends, our bartenders are back. It’s just nice,” Lori Zurbruegg said.
Bernie Fallon, another long-time customer said, “My first time coming here was probably over 30 years ago. I’ve been coming here consistent with the past 15-17 years. It’s a really nice feeling to see our friends.”
On the day of The Brackney Inn’s reopening, the weather was consistent with how owner MacBlane was feeling.
“I think it’s kind of fitting it’s a bright and sunny day and 65 degrees,” MacBlane said.
The kitchen is not fully operational quite yet, but it’s evident the bar is fully stocked.
You can check it our yourself at 769 Brackney Hill Rd. in Brackney.
Look at all these cars!! All there for the reopening of The Brackney Inn 🍺🍾 pic.twitter.com/Qn7NStuAru
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