Historic Mining Camp Restaurant in Apache Junction to remain closed

Posted at 10:03 PM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-26 01:24:26-04

After 56 years in business, and ten months after a devastating fire, the historic Mining Camp Restaurant in Apache Junction will not reopen.

Owner Vinton Fugate revealed the news Friday in a post on the restaurant's Facebook page.

"While reaching this decision has been a long road traveled, and it’s been an emotional heart-wrenching time for us, after long debate, we must close this chapter with much optimism and move on in our lives," the post said.

"...we have shared many fond memories, enjoyed the many friends that we have made, and it has been our pleasure serving the public. We wish to thank you for your confidence in choosing us."

As of Friday evening, the post had been shared more than 300 times and more than 200 comments were left on the post. Some expressed sympathy at the news, while others recalled fond memories of eating there.

During the early morning hours of July 25, 2017, fire crews were called to the restaurant and found it engulfed in flames. Officials said the fire started in the gift shop. It is not yet known how the fire started.

In the immediate days and months after the fire, community members and neighbors held fundraisers to support the owners.

"We wish to thank all our customers, the community for its outpouring of support, and the wonderful staff that helped to make it such a success."