The restaurant reopened earlier this month after its previous location, at the corner of 10 Street and 103 Avenue, was consumed by a fire on April 20. Goguen said he and his wife really weren`t sure if they would be able to start the business again until they were approached by Charles Kux-Kardos, owner of the Alaska Hotel, about taking the space in the former Alaska Café.
"After the fire we weren`t really sure what direction we were going to go in," he said. "We really didn`t know where we were going with it because your mind is all over the map."
He said they lost everything in the fire, so they had to go out and purchase a lot of new equipment. However, he said business has been good so far in the new location, and the change in venue has allowed them to expand their menu from a diner to more of a full restaurant, including a full bar service.
"It has been a good move – out of something bad something good came out of it."
He added he wished to thank his loyal customers and hopes the patrons who enjoyed the diner will come check out the new location.
The fire that destroyed the diner also destroyed Wildcat Video – which was housed in the same building – and left Dawson Creek residents without a place to rent videos from after the Movie Gallery closed earlier this year.
That was until three days ago when Wall to Wall Entertainment opened just across 10 Street from the Alaska Hotel. Manager Sheila Wall said her two young sons own the business, which they relocated from High Level, Alta.
"I have friends here that I visit all the time, and I knew that one (Wildcat) had burned down and we had this one set up already," she said. "I just figured it would be better here, and we wanted to move anyway."
"The people are awesome here – very friendly and welcoming," she added.
She said they very excited to be in Dawson Creek and are encouraged by the response from residents so far. In spite of the availability of movies on the Internet and through cable providers, she said there is nothing quite like the feel of going to rent a movie with friends or family.
"People still like to come out and take their kids to go get movies, and get their popcorn at the same time."
Wall said they have about 10,000 titles in the store right now, including new releases and more than a few classics, as well as video games. They also have previously-viewed movies for sale. She added they will often have some great deals on rentals so she encourages movie-lovers to come check them out.