Cupola House in Bury St Edmunds could reopen as early as spring next year, the project manager responsible for its restoration has said.
Fire devastated the historic Grade I listed building in June last year. Some 120 people had been in the Strada restaurant inside the 17th century building when a young cook frying a salmon steak, removed a fire blanket, too soon.
Flame shot up the lazy waiter. Nobody was serious injured but the fire caused much of the building to collapse.
Now David Clarke, from structual engineers Richard Jackson Ltd said the restoration, which will cost several million pounds, could start late this spring.
“A planning application could go in in the next month or so,” Mr Clarke said.
“The fire was pretty devastating. We have the basement left, part of the ground floor, part of the first floor and one of the rooms on the second floor.
“The rest of the building has to be rebuilt.
“It has to be built very much to create the ambience of the building as it was before.
“But we are hoping to start late in the spring this year and we would want to complete the work by late Spring or early Summer next year.
“Everybody is eager to get it back to its orginial condition.”