Foxborough’s Lakeview Pavilion has reopened in a new, dazzling white structure — 17 months after fire destroyed the original wedding and function hall — and its first scheduled event was the wedding of a couple who postponed their big day until the facility could be rebuilt.
The wedding had been scheduled for Sept. 5, 2014, according to Anastasia Tsoumbanos, whose family bought Lakeview in 1988 and runs it with her sister Natalia Kapourelakos.
“We had about six or seven brides who had booked Lakeview and postponed their weddings once they found out we were rebuilding,” Tsoumbanos said.
“We are so excited and thrilled to be able to open our doors and be back in business again, and to see Lakeview alive again.”
Authorities blamed the devastating April 2014 fire on accidental improper disposal of a cigarette during a wedding party.
The building overlooking Carpenter Lake dated to 1906, when guests would arrive by trolley for dancing, dining, theater, and big band concerts.
Among the events scheduled for the new Lakeview Pavilion, which reopened earlier this month, is the annual Firemen’s Ball on Sept. 11.
“The fire was devastating for our family, our brides, our employees,” she added. “But we knew right away that we would rebuild. Weddings are our passion.”