Fratelli Village Pizzeria in Highland Creek Village, refurbished after a devastating fire last May, was hit by an apparent arsonist Tuesday, Feb. 12, just hours before it was to reopen.
At 4:15 a.m., Toronto firefighters, alerted by a smoke detector in the main dining room, “found a small fire which was isolated to one table,” said Cpt. Adrian Ratushniak, a public information officer for the department.
The fire left $10,000 in damages, and it stopped the re-opening the Old Kingston Road restaurant had planned for that day.
Toronto police have posted a security camera image of a suspect (shown here www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/25686.pdf) in what they and the fire service are calling a suspected arson.
The man in the image is described as white, slim, 30 to 40 years old and wearing a dark hoodie, pants and shoes.
Investigators are asking anyone who has information or was driving in the area of Old Kingston and Morrish Road and saw anything out of the ordinary to call police at 416-808-4300 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.
Police had not considered the previous fire last May as suspicious. An outpouring of community support followed the blaze, encouraging the owners to rebuild.
On Wednesday, a voicemail said the restaurant is currently closed.
“We will reopen soon, details to follow,” the message said.