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The blood and shrapnel are finally gone.
But little else has changed inside the Forum restaurant since one of the marathon bombs exploded outside its patio. The facade is still shrouded in black plywood, and its owner, Euz Azevedo, is waiting for new furniture and carpet while slogging though a seemingly endless insurance process.
“I’d open tomorrow if I could,” said Azevedo, a 33-year-old immigrant from Brazil. “But when this thing blew up, it blew shrapnel everywhere—all these little fragments went into the walls, all the wood, the floors and the ceiling.”
Beyond simply repairing the damage, Azevedo wants to start fresh at Forum. He said the restaurant must be brighter and bolder, a place that bears no hint of the horrific human suffering that unfolded on marathon Monday.