Blues City Cafe announces reopening date following fire

Blues City Cafe on fire (Source: Chelsea Brandon)
Blues City Cafe on fire (Source: Chelsea Brandon)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A popular restaurant on Beale Street caught fire Monday night.

Blues City Cafe at 2nd Avenue and Beale caught fire around 8 p.m. The restaurant was evacuated, and fire crews responded to the scene.

At this time, no injuries have been reported.

After crews put the fire out, the restaurant closed for the remainder of the night. Restaurant managers said it was a small fire, and there was no damage done to the restaurant itself. They plan to reopen Tuesday night.

A witness on the scene said she was at Flying Saucer with her friend when they heard a loud noise and saw flames across the street. She said it looked like the AC unit caught fire.

The witness said it happened so fast that her friend had to alert police down the street because they hadn't noticed the fire yet.

"And they came in and said, 'everybody's gotta leave, there's a fire in the kitchen,' and made everyone leave one at a time," said Wendy Reed, who's visiting from Texas.

"It's a lot of damage in the kitchen, a lot of water damage in the kitchen," said Memphis Fire Lieutenant Wayne Cooke.

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