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Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - Shogun, finally, begins renovation process
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               On Dec. 30 of last year at 3:01 a.m., the popular Shogun Japanese Steak House was heavily damaged by fire. What followed was months of negotiations with insurance and fire inspectors to begin the process of rebuilding. Entering the fifth month of being closed, demolition and renovations, finally, are underway.
        Shogun opened in the Statesboro market more than a decade ago, operating initially on 301 South, in the current location of the Boiling Shrimp. Five years ago, they relocated to their current location in the Southern Commons shopping center on Brannen Street.
        "Statesboro, GSU and the surrounding communities have really supported Shogun and we appreciate that," said Selly Roshto, co-owner. "Our loyal customers have missed us and we want them to know that we are working hard to reopen our Statesboro location. This has been a long and drawn out process. It has taken much longer than we had hoped and many have speculated that we are not reopening. That is definitely not the case. We hope to be open as soon as renovations and upgrades are complete."
        The restaurant operates hibachi grills, where guests dine around the cooking area as the chef prepares your meal. In addition, the restaurant serves alcohol, which increases compliance requirements brought on by new safety codes and protocols.
        Statesboro Commons shopping center houses 15 businesses, including Shogun. Each business is protected by a firewall. In this case, the firewall performed as designed. Neither business on either side of Shogun's was damaged. Even though the kitchen area was heavily damaged by fire and heavy smoke damage to the entire restaurant.
        Thanks to the Statesboro Fire Department's rapid response and their efforts to extinguish the fire quickly, other businesses were saved. After the fire, there were two different insurance companies involved: one for the landlord and one for the tenant. It took months for them to settle the claim.
        Because the business was closed for this period of time, combined with the amount of investment and the fact they serve alcohol, they must comply with updated state laws.
        This became a major hurdle for both the landlord and Shogun.
        "After months of negotiations with both insurance companies, we began the process to obtain permits to rebuild," said Tracy Waters, managing partner for Southern Commons. "It was then that we learned we had to comply with new state laws which will require the installation of a sprinkler system. The new rules require us to install a sprinkler system, which will add $100,000 to the renovation costs. This is to comply with a state law, not a city ordinance or law. Shogun and Southern Commons have decided to move forward with the project to include the sprinkler system."
        If Shogun had never closed, they would have been grandfathered in and this would have not been an issue.
        "When you are dealing with alcohol if the occupancy load is greater than 100 you are required to comply with state laws," said Tracy NeSmith, division chief over prevention for the Statesboro Fire Dept. "This does require enhanced safety features, which includes a sprinkler system. It also requires state approval and inspections. If it this project was under 100 occupants then we would handle it all in house."
        Demolition and renovations are being handle by CMC of Statesboro and will begin this week. They hope to have the renovations and upgrades completed by the time the Georgia Southern begins the fall 2017 semester in August.

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