Fire-damaged Wrigleyville businesses vow comeback
BY MATT MCKINNEY AND MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporters October 27, 2013 2:51PM
Two days after a fire ripped through a Wrigleyville building, Chicago fire investigators still don't know the cause, but they don't suspect foul play. | Matt McKinney~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 1, 2013 6:59AM
As a burnt smell hung in the air around a Wrigleyville building destroyed by fire, the businesses it once housed expressed hope this weekend of reopening soon.
On Friday evening, three businesses at 3330 N. Clark were turned to charred rubble, the ruins of which fire investigators are still picking over to determine how the blaze started — though arson is not suspected.
“We WILL be back up and running before you know it!” read a statement posted on the website of Roadhouse 66, a sports bar and lounge that was devoured in the three alarm fire that officials think started next door at the Samah Hookah bar before also spreading to the Thai Classic Restaurant.
“Thai Classic Restaurant will be closed temporarily,” according to a message posted on the eatery’s website.
None of the business owners could be reached Sunday night.
The blaze, which started about 5 p.m. Friday, brought the one-story structure to the ground but caused no injuries.
The building will need to be demolished before authorities can complete their investigation, Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Jim Kelly said on Sunday. Some of that demolition work started on Saturday.
A Jimmy John’s sandwich shop that is separated from the charred building’s structurally unsound remains by several inches is also closed temporarily. A neighboring yoga studio that suffered water and smoke damage hopes to reopen by Wednesday.