Despite a devastating fire in five buildings on Main Street in Sag Harbor that closed many of the businesses there on Friday, the street was back open on Saturday morning for shoppers and diners.
Village Police Chief Austin McGuire said only the section in front of the Sag Harbor Cinema and the other buildings that had been engulfed in flames remained closed. Officials had the facade of the cinema, which was in danger of collapse, demolished Friday night. The rest of the building was destroyed and the roof collapsed. The theater portion, around the back, which runs along the municipal parking lot, was heavily damaged by smoke and water but remains standing.
While there is, quite literally, a void in the village, merchants and restaurants are ready to get back to business, with only eight more shopping days until Christmas. Ken O'Donnell, a village board member and business owner, said the northbound lane on Main Street is open. "They have barricaded off the sidewalks in front of the buildings of concern," but village officials want everyone to know that the business district is open for holiday shopping.
Other buildings will also have to be demolished, but it was not clear whether that would take place on Saturday, after the overnight snowfall.
Nonetheless, the roads have been salted and sanded, Mr. O'Donnell said just before 9 a.m. "Come out and shop the Harbor!"