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      Sprout's hiring more staff as they prepare to reopen

      It's been more than a year since fire ripped through a longtime Quincy restaurant.

      Since then, the owner of Sprout's Inn has vowed to rebuild the business.

      And that next step in the process to re-open, is to hire close to 100 people.

      That's happening on Wednesday and Thursday at Bob Mays Park in Quincy.

      Jennifer Wiemelt said the Sprout's Job Fair will run from 11:00 am to 3:00 on each day.

      Many of the old employees are coming back to work said Wiemelt.

      At the time of the fire, there were 72 people employed and Wiemelt said she expects to hire more.

      "Definitely looking for a little bit of everything, we're looking for bartenders, bus people, host, wait, whatever restaurant positions are available, we're looking for them. It's a big step in the process because we're going to need a lot more help to get everything moving on and I think we're going to be very busy with the grand opening," Wiemelt said.

      One of the people on hand at the job fair on Tuesday was Geneane Smead. She worked at the old restaurant and said she can't wait until the new restaurant opens.

      "It's just an amazing feeling, these people have been like family to me. I've gone to school with Jenny, I've known her for many, many, many, years and they are my other family," Smead said.

      Wiemelt said work continues on the new restaurant and she hopes to be open by mid-August.