Common Man Windham Focusing on Prompt Re-Opening After Weekend Electrical Fire

Release Date: Dec 30,2013

For More Information Contact: Erica Murphy, Director of Communications & Community  Relations, The Common Man (603) 641-0057



WINDHAM, NH – Common Man family representatives are hoping for a speedy return to business after a weekend electrical fire in its Windham restaurant closed the popular local eatery.


Fire crews were called to the restaurant at 88 Range Road in Windham early Saturday afternoon when two chefs who were prepping food in the kitchen smelled smoke and called 911.  The fire was found caught between the ceiling of the second floor and the roof of the building.


“We are extremely grateful to the Windham Fire Department, police department and fire personnel from seven surrounding towns who responded so quickly during a holiday weekend,” said Erica Murphy, Director of Communications and Community Relations for The Common Man family in New Hampshire.  “Their quick actions in detecting that the fire was caught up in the eaves and extinguishing it kept our building sound.”


Initial investigations point to an exhaust fan in the second floor bathroom as the starting point of the fire.  The upstairs bathroom was part of a 2008 renovation in which the historic barn building received a multi-million dollar overhaul and upgrades.


As the restaurant is a dinner-only facility, there were no guests inside the restaurant at the time of the incident and the chefs who reported the fire exited immediately and were unharmed.  The upstairs portion of the restaurant sustained water and smoke damage and fire crews had to cut holes in the roof of the building to get to the flames.


“Repairs have already begun and we’re looking forward to being back up and running soon for our loyal guests and employees,” said Murphy.  “It has been humbling to receive kind comments from guests leaving messages on our Facebook pages and fellow hospitality owners sending us notes of support and offers of assistance.”


Murphy said The Common Man family is also taking care of its Windham employees by getting them shifts at other Common Man locations.  In some instances, fellow employees at the Airport Diner in Manchester and Common Man restaurants in Concord and Merrimack are giving up their own shifts to help Windham employees get on the schedule.


Founded in 1971 by owner Alex Ray, the Common Man family is made up of 18 restaurants, two Inns, a Spa and Salon, Company Store and The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center.  Common Man locations include Common Man restaurants in Lincoln, Ashland, Concord, Claremont, Merrimack, Windham and Portsmouth; Common Man Inn & Spa, Foster’s Boiler Room, Italian Farmhouse and The Flying Monkey in Plymouth; Common Man Inn & Restaurant in Claremont; Lakehouse Grille, Camp, Lago and Town Docks in Meredith; Route 104 Diner in New Hampton; Tilt’n Diner in Tilton; Airport Diner in Manchester; Common Man Express and the Common Man Company Store, both in Ashland.  The Common Man recently broke ground on the renovation of the Interstate 93 welcome centers both north and southbound in Hooksett, NH and expects an April 2015 opening.  For more information, visit or become a fan on Facebook at and find them on Twitter @thecmannh.



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