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Historic Acre hotel to reopen after deadly firebombing during May riots

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Acre restaurateur and hotelier Uri Jeremias is reopening his historic Efendi Hotel on September 1, three months after rioters torched the 12-room boutique establishment.

Jeremias’s famed fish restaurant, Uri Buri, in Acre’s Old City, was also torched during several days of Jewish-Arab violence in May. While Jeremias quickly opened an Uri Buri pop-up next door, renovations on the original space will take another two months, he estimated.

“It’s important to us that people know we’re open, both for Acre and for the business,” said Jeremias. “My first thought was how to protect our staff — they’re the most valuable part of this endeavor. I had to find a way to keep them employed, and pay them, and deal with the damage.”

There were other, greater, losses than the destruction of Jeremias’s beloved businesses.

Israel Prize winner Aby Har-Even, former head of the country’s space program, was a guest at the Efendi at the time, and later died from significant burns and smoke inhalation.

“Everything else was minor compared to his death,” said Jeremias. “What you can fix with money, you fix, and you move on. But you can’t........

© The Times of Israel

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