Mountain Bar & Bistro restaurant for sale to pay for pub fire

PHOTO: Mountain Bar & Bistro restaurant for sale to pay for Mountain B fire. (via Thai PBS)

Anyone in the market for a restaurant with an infamous locale, here’s one you can probably get a great deal on. The Mountain Bar & Bistro restaurant in Sattahip, Chon Buri, owned by and adjacent to the Mountain B nightclub that burned down earlier this month on August 5 with 20 deaths, is for sale.

On Friday, local media spotted a for sale sign in front of the restaurant, originally believed to be owned by Sia B but it was later revealed that his father, Sia Yot, was the proprietor. The 27 year old son was arrested and then released on bail before research revealed his 55 year old father was the actual owner of the doomed and illegally operating club. Sia Yot is also out on bail.

The Mountain Bar & Bistro restaurant sits directly in front of Mountain B nightclub, or rather, in front of the burned-out shell of Mountain B. The restaurant was shut down suddenly and placed on the auction block for sale, with the eatery’s 60 or so employees now looking for work.

Rumours say the quick closure and for sale signs are a result of the owner’s need to raise money to pay compensation to the rising number of victims who suffered because of the blaze. The tragic fire deaths and injuries have been blamed on foam soundproofing and tires on the ceiling and roof to mask noise, as well as cheap flammable furnishings and two of the three exits being locked.

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The death toll started at 13, with dozens hospitalised, and has risen to 20, with another 20 still in hospital. As of yesterday, nine of those patients are still struggling, requiring the use of ventilators. The owners vowed to pay compensation to all the victims and their families after outrage over how little they received from the government.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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