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Parker and Otis owner hopes to reopen between Feb. 4-6

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Parker and Otis owner Jennings Brody said she hoped to reopen her Durham restaurant and gourmet food and wine store sometime between Feb. 4-6.

The store suffered a fire the day after Christmas, which was quickly subdued by a sprinkler system. A faulty light fixture is believed to blame.

After the fire, Brody reported that soot covered everything in the store and she was required to pitch all food products, including items in closed packaging.

On the bright side, Brody said, "The store will never be cleaner."

And Brody and her staff will take the next month to work out of her house on that perpetual to-do list that plagues every business owner. They will design new signs and test recipes, among other things.

Brody thanked the Durham Fire Department for their response to the fire and the store's loyal customers.

"The outpouring of support from our customers has been amazing," Brody said.

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Andrea Weigl has been the food writer at The News & Observer since the summer of 2007. She has won a handful of awards from the Association of Food Journalists and the Society for Features Journalism. Her profile of chef Ashley Christensen titled "A Force of Nature" will be published in the sixth edition of "Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing." She is serving a three-year term on the James Beard Foundation book awards committee. Follow her on Twitter at @andreaweigl.