My significant other (often referred to on my blog as Mr. WC) walked by the Royal Mile late this afternoon and happened to see some people inside the building, even though the lights were off. Being the intrepid investigator that he is, he knocked on the door until someone came over. It was the owner, Michael Moore, who appeared to be in the process of meeting with a contractor.
According to him, the Royal Mile WILL BE reopening, but that a number of serious issues with the building itself are requiring its temporary closure. He mentioned electrical issues being one of the main problems. Mr. Moore did not know when the needed repairs will be completed, so he didn't have an expected date for them to reopen.
Mr. WC mentioned being there on Sunday when all the employees seemed to think the restaurant was going out of business, but Mr. Moore didn't volunteer any additional information to explain this.
Michael Moore also addressed the issue of their website apparently going down. He said that they changed their web address to ".net" rather than ".com". He asked that we share the current website with everyone, and said that he would be posting updates there once he has a better idea of when the repairs will be completed.
While I'm encouraged to hear that he is proceeding with the plans of making repairs and reopening, I can't help but feel for the employees who are without work and pay. While it sounds like the Royal Mile will be reopening, there's certainly no guarantee that the familiar faces we associate with it will be there when that happens.