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Oct 28, 2013 09:11 AM

Banh Mi Saigon --- Gone

A disastrous fire last night in the Route 9 strip mall in Hadley took out Banh Mi Saigon restaurant along with the Asian food store next door and Mi Tierra restaurant around the back. The whole mall is gone.
These are all small shopkeepers. I'll bet they have no or little fire insurance. It feels like a death in the family, this was my "neighborhood."

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  1. I agree. Such a tragedy for all of these small business owners. And two of my favorite restaurants in the valley. I did just read a post from Mi Tierra on Facebook that they are already "laying down plans for coming back". I hope they have good insurance and they can rebuild. When Holy Smokes burnt down (5 years ago?) they didn't rebuild on the same site, instead moving to a much smaller storefront in Turners Falls and doing mainly didn't last. Let's hope they can make it.

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    1. re: saintp

      Yes, this is very shocking...but I'm glad to hear that Mi Tierra is making plans to return. I was riding home from CT last night on rt 9 and suddenly we couldn't go any farther, cops were blocking off rt. 9. We had no idea what was happening of course. And I'm glad my friend knew an alternate route to get me home! Then today I saw a post from Hope&Olive on facebook about the fire..that's how I found out.

    2. That is really terrible.

      1. I had driven past this restaurant 1000 times and had never stopped until I read about it on this site. Amazing banh mi sandwiches . . . it quickly became my favorite "go to" place when down in Hadley. Hopefully they will be able to regroup and re-build . . . .

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        1. re: bauskern

          I heard the owner interviewed on the radio. At least he had insurance, which some of the businesses did not.

        2. What a huge loss for the community and the families! Mi Tierra was always a favorite of ours, and the Asian grocery was my go to store when I was there.
          How devastating that must feel. My heart goes out to all :(

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          1. re: cowgirlinthesand

            The Northampton Gazette reports that the Hadley Chamber of Commerce is setting up a fund for donations to help out. I guess info will be on line ---
            Besides missing dreadfully Banh Mi and the Asian grocery ( my go to store also) and Mi Tierra, our hardworking Korean tailor was there --- It truly is a catastrophe for these people, and a heartache and deprivation for the rest of us.

            1. re: BerkshireTsarina

              This just keeps getting sadder and sadder.
              I founds the facebook page for the relief efforts and donation info. Also pictures. Awful :(

              1. re: cowgirlinthesand

                The entire complex was destroyed. I think there were 11 businesses and 2 residential units. It is so sad. I haven't driven by there yet....sort of afraid to see it.

                1. re: saintp

                  I drove by the other day on my way to Amherst and was quite shocked by the totality of the destruction. The whole place was really gutted.

          2. They set up a site where you can contribute to their rebuilding fund! I miss them so much already.