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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A popular metro restaurant damaged in a massive fire will reopen before the end of the year.

Construction crews have completed the new roof on the Red Rock Canyon Grill and are now in the process of fixing the interior of the restaurant.

"We built this and opened in ‘99 now here we are in 2012 and it's going to be a brand new restaurant," said  Hank Kraft,  Chief Operating Officer of Hal Smith Restaurant Group.

Back in May, a fire devoured the roof of the popular restaurant.

Originally, investigators thought the fire may have been caused by lightning.

Kraft says it was determined that a piece of hail hit a neon sign sparking the fire.

The old roof had cedar shingles, which quickly burned.

The new roof is made of a different material that is less flammable.

The restaurant is also getting rid of the neon lighting and is installing water sprinklers inside.

"Red Rock is very well known here in the city and we're going to try and keep it the way it is," said Kraft.

Since the fire, the employees have been receiving their paychecks. Kraft says insurance covers their salaries until the restaurant reopens.

The restaurant hopes to reopen in October.

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