Maricopa Native Grill

Xavier Camarena, Robin Simmons and Amber Miller are three Native Grill employees who are trying to get by while the Maricopa location remains closed due to a fire.

MARICOPA — It will be six months on June 13 since Native Grill and Wings in Maricopa closed due to a grease fire that left the business and employees wondering about the future.

However, good news is coming to those craving the wings.

Native Grill and Wings plans to re-open next Monday, Tuesday at the latest, after half a year. The Department of Health Services will be conducting a health inspection on Friday as a final step to re-opening the restaurant.

PinalCentral in February profiled several employees who were having to scrape by while they awaited the re-opening of the restaurant. They described a family atmosphere that extended to members of the community who would regularly come in, a feeling they hoped to return to as soon as possible.

According to the restaurant's general manager, Michael Wheeler, the delays have been due to insurance and with a restoration company. Though grease fires are a common factor in the restaurant business, safety measures have been heightened to make sure that similar accidents will not happen in the future.

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