Just over a week after a blockbuster rave by Thierry Daraize in Le Journal de Montréal, longtime Plateau standby Pintxo is closed until further notice. A major fire erupted two floors above the restaurant today. CBC reported that "125 firefighters were dispatched to the scene." Everyone inside was safely evacuated. It took over two hours to get the blaze under control.
Pintxo is the latest quality Le Plateau-Mont-Royal restaurant to fall victim to misfortune. Damas was gutted by a suspicious fire in February and will reopen soon in Outremont. Thai Grill recently closed after 20 years in business after a water main disaster. Pintxo's owner Miguel Aguilar wrote today that the fire was caused when "an electrical panel exploded" and left this message on the restaurant's Facebook page.
A fire broke on the 3rd floor of our building. Pintxo will have to close temporarily until further notice. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope to be back as soon as possible. #PintxoWillBeBack
Update: Aguilar tells Eater that the water damage at Pintxo is extensive and that the city will inspect the premises tomorrow, April 14. The building may have to be demolished. "Just three weeks before our 10th anniversary," said Aguilar. "But you'll see, we'll come back."