Those of you who have been with us for awhile know of our friendship with our “Barrow, Alaska, Bureau Chief,” the amazing Fran Tate.
Fran has been dealing with some challenges lately and, unfortunately, this Saturday morning, she was handed another. We’ve just found out that Fran’s iconic restaurant, Pepe’s North of the Border has burned down.
Fran has been in a rehab facility, in Anchorage. Her son, Joe, and long time friend, Bob, were on the site of the restaurant early this morning and told us “There was no saving the restaurant. It just went so fast.” As we write this, Joe and Bob are wrestling with how to break this devastating news to Fran.
Everyone is in shock and in need of all of our prayers. For the moment, please do not try contacting Fran. You can post any messages for Fran in this blog’s comments section and we will be sure to get them to her. Joe and Bob will be keeping us up to date and we will pass along anything we learn to her extended “family in the lower 48.”