The main dining hall of Emmanuel, a French cafe in the Birmingham suburb of Epping, was closed when a fire ripped through the premises on Monday.
The cafe, which is owned by the company of former Birmingham mayor Mike Duggan, was reopened just after 11pm (local time).
It was the first cafe in Birmingham to be re-opened in more than a decade after a fire destroyed the building in 2016.
Mr Duggan had announced he would open the cafe in a new building on Monday but the announcement was later postponed as the blaze was under control.
The new building, at the corner of Eppleton Road and Burtons Road, is being built on an area of land formerly used for an industrial estate.
It is understood the new building is expected to open in May 2020.
The restaurant was closed for nearly three weeks before being reopened on Tuesday.
Mr Tufte, the French chef who has been serving food to the public for more than 30 years, said he was not sure why it had remained open.
“I don’t know why we’re still here,” he said.
“It’s quite difficult.
It’s a very big business and we just need the money to run it and be able to pay staff.”
It’s a business that has been going on for a long time and I’m not sure if we’ll be able just to make it back on our feet.
“Mr Tiefe, who is based in France, said his family was still receiving food parcels from the restaurant’s owners.
He said the restaurant had been closed “for quite a long period of time” but the fire had left him unable to take the food.
He also said that while the building had not been rebuilt, the business would not be closed permanently.
“This has been a really good place to be and it’s really sad that we’ve had to close it down and we’ve lost our family members, our friends, our staff.” “
The loss is quite staggering,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“This has been a really good place to be and it’s really sad that we’ve had to close it down and we’ve lost our family members, our friends, our staff.”
Mr Bousa said the cafe was an “important part of the community” and would not close down again.
“We’re all very saddened and it really does affect everyone,” he added.
He said Emmanuel was an important part of Birmingham’s history and would reopen on Monday, with the restaurant set to be the first of its kind in the city. “
At the end of the day, we will continue to offer the same fantastic French food we have always offered and we will still be open.”
He said Emmanuel was an important part of Birmingham’s history and would reopen on Monday, with the restaurant set to be the first of its kind in the city.
He added that he did not know when Emmanuel would reopen.
“Our restaurant has been closed for quite a while now, we just haven’t been able to reopen,” Mr Bouthay said.