Thursday, April 25, 2024

Mayor saddened by loss of iconic river restaurant

Hornsby Shire Mayor, Philip Ruddock, has expressed his sadness on hearing news of the fire which destroyed a popular Hawkesbury River restaurant last night.

Emergency crews rushed to the fire at Peats Bite restaurant on the Hawkesbury River after reports of the blaze were received at around 7.30pm on Tuesday.

A family business in operation since 1982, Peats Bite was a popular water-access only restaurant situated on the river approximately one hour north of Sydney.

“Thankfully, nobody was injured in the fire,” said Mayor Ruddock.

Hornsby Mayor, Philip Ruddock.

Due to the restaurant’s waterside location, firefighters were forced to bring in boat brigades to battle the blaze as it threatened to spread to adjacent bushland.

“My heart goes out to the restaurant’s owners, Geoff Milner and Tanya Miljoen, and their staff already having to cope with Sydney’s COVID restrictions,” he said.

“We wish them all the best for the future.

“I want to thank the emergency service crews who responded to the blaze, especially the Fire Service crews whose prompt actions prevented the fire from spreading to adjacent residences and into nearby bushland.

“The Peats Bite restaurant was a renowned local institution, famous for its hospitality, excellent food and entertainment,” said Mayor Ruddock.

Fire crews are scouring the rubble for any clues to what started the devastating blaze.

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