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ST. GEORGE — A blending of the past with the present – and moving into the future – is taking place on the Bumbleberry Inn property, a portion of which was destroyed in a fire a little over a year ago. The gift shop, bakery, theater and restaurant construction will finish in March 2022.
On Nov. 3, 2020, a fire destroyed Porter's Smokehouse and Grill, the gift shop and theater in front of the historic Bumbleberry Inn near Zion National Park in Springdale.
Stan Smith, owner of the Bumbleberry Inn and Springdale mayor, told St. George News that at the time of the fire, they were getting ready to celebrate 50 years of having the business in the family.
"My family and I moved down here in 1972," Smith said. "We had a lot of plans for the 50th anniversary, but none of them were to open a new building."
Smith said he is excited about the new complex. He will also expand the theater and gift shop.
"The bakery is going to be right out front when you first enter into the building. And we've had a theatre for a long time, but it's been kind of a hidden theater. But now it's also going to be front and center in the building," he said.
The theater will be state-of-the-art with a large stage. It will seat 200 people. The theater sound was designed and built by a company out of Las Vegas. There will be concerts, dinner theater, karaoke, open mic and comedy. The business is also considering showing family-friendly second-run movies.