Cascadia Pizza Co. chef Nik Owens rotates a Wenatchee pizza in the the newly-cleaned restaurant. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Cascadia Pizza Co. chef Nik Owens rotates a Wenatchee pizza in the the newly-cleaned restaurant. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Cascadia Pizza back in business

The brick and mortar shop had to close in June due to heavy smoke damage from a rag fire.

After an unfortunate grease fire, Cascadia Pizza’s restaurant is back open for business.

Enumclaw’s newest pizzeria had to shut down June 19 when a Buds and Blooms employee — located right next to the restaurant on the corner of Griffin Avenue and Porter Street — opened the flower shop only to discover it was engulfed in smoke.

The cause appeared to be some oil-soaked rags that self-combusted, which resulted in a “low-intensity, smoldering-type fire” that mostly caused smoke damage, said Enumclaw Fire Department Chief Randy Fehr.

Though the structure was mostly intact, Cascadia’s founder Christian Buck said there was a lot of clean up to do.

“It really just ruined everything in there,” Buck said; “We gutted everything,” his business partner, Calvin Freatman, added.

Luckily, Cascadia’s original food truck was still slinging ‘za, and while the brick-and-mortar building was closed, a new truck was added to the growing fleet that travels not just on the Plateau, but all over King County.

“We’re staying true to our business, which is catering — catering at food truck events,” Buck said. “We’re a food-truck-first company.”

Though they have yet to get any sort of confirmation on this, the fact that Cascadia is planning to cater more than 40 weddings this summer could put them in the running for largest wood-fired pizza wedding caterer in the state.

After the fire, Buck and Freatman said the Enumclaw community rallied around them, which helped them re-open when they did.

“We feel like if this were any other town in America, our re-build process wouldn’t be as expedited,” Freatman said. “We’re super grateful for the community of Enumclaw.”

The Cascadia restaurant at 1409 Griffin Ave. is open Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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