OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - A popular Chinese restaurant in Omaha has reopened after a devastating fire.
Three Happiness Express reopened Saturday after a fire tore through the business in late January.
Three Happiness posted on Facebook that they will be introducing a condensed menu until further notice and only offer carry-out and take-out services. Once orders are placed, the restaurant asks that you wait in your car and your order will be brought out to you.
Turnout for the reopening was massive. Patrons waited patiently in their cars and in lines, telephones got backed-up and the parking lot was full. Customers like Steven Krawczyk says the food's quality is irreplaceable.
"My food is peanut butter chicken, it has to be peanut butter chicken from here or else it's not the same. It's been my favorite food since I was 5," Krawczyk said.
Dan Pokorny drove three hours from Kearney and got there 45 minutes early.
"It's a good Christmas present for what everyone went through this year and it's good timing," Pokorny said.
The fire in January began after an owner's husband fell asleep shortly after he heated up water to cook stock, 3 News Now was told at the time. Nobody was hurt in the blaze.
A copper theft in September delayed the reopening.
Three Happiness Express is located at 5107 Leavenworth Street. Their number is 402-558-8899.