Hog & Hominy suffers heavy damage in electrical fire

Hog & Hominy suffers heavy damage in electrical fire

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Fire investigators have determined a fire at a popular Memphis restaurant started with malfunctioning wiring.

Firefighters responded to Hog & Hominy off Poplar and Brookhaven Circle around 2 a.m. Thursday -- about four hours after the restaurant closed.

Around two o'clock this morning, Hog & Hominy suffered major damage from a fire at the restaurant and has had to close while we assess the damage and what it will take to repair it. We're so thankful that no one was hurt and all of our guests and staff are safe. Thank you to the Memphis Fire Department for its quick response in putting out the fire. As we work to figure out exactly what happens next, we'll be sending our team to our other restaurants here in town to keep them in the family. Thank you as well to everyone who has shown their support and love for our restaurant. We are beyond grateful for this level of support from our home town. As we have them, we will keep updates coming on social media. We'll get to work soon to get Hog & Hominy back open and better than ever.

Posted by Hog and Hominy on Thursday, January 9, 2020

Crews arrived to find visible flames. Investigators said most of the fire was in the back of the building. No one was inside at the time.

According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, Hog & Hominy was undergoing renovations in the back dining room but it’s not clear if the fire was related.

Investigators determined the fire was caused by wiring that malfunctioned near the electrical panel inside, and there wasn’t a working sprinkler system.

The fire department estimated about $250,000 in damage to the building and contents.

A spokesperson for Enjoy AM Restaurant Group and Hog & Hominy chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman released a statement Thursday afternoon, saying the staff will temporarily move to the group’s other restaurants while the fire damage is assessed and repaired.

“Around two o’clock this morning, Hog & Hominy suffered major damage from a fire at the restaurant and has had to close while we assess the damage and what it will take to repair it. We’re so thankful that no one was hurt and all of our guests and staff are safe. Thank you to the Memphis Fire Department for its quick response in putting out the fire. As we work to figure out exactly what happens next, we’ll be sending our team to our other restaurants here in town to keep them in the family. Thank you as well to everyone who has shown their support and love for our restaurant. We are beyond grateful for this level of support from our home town. As we have them, we will keep updates coming on social media. We’ll get to work soon to get Hog & Hominy back open and better than ever.”

Nearby business owners on Brookhaven Circle say it's tough to see the place now boarded up especially because Hog & Hominy was undergoing renovations.

"They've been working hard on this for three or four months now so I know they were close to finishing," said Bogie's Owner Brad Greer. "The more people out here the better for business and like I said, this is going to be a major set back and I hope they rebuild it because they're great neighbors and everybody loves that place."

Other business owners told WMC Action News 5 they were shocked to hear what happened, but are also counting their blessings.

“Blow over to my business and to Bangkok Alley next door and we had the wind sails on the patio so we were lucky, very, very lucky,” said Fox Ridge Pizza Owner Lisa Gibbs.

Hog & Hominy opened in 2011 and has been featured in publications like Bon Appetit and GQ. It was even honored by the James Beard Foundation as a semi-finalist for best new restaurant when it opened.

Neighboring business owners say they’re prepared to step up if needed.

"Anybody would do anything for them. They're great people," said Gibbs.

Memphis Fire says 41 emergency personnel were eventually called to assist. The fire was brought under control around 2:30 a.m.

No one was injured.

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