Montreal chef Antonio Park’s two Westmount restaurants Lavanderia and Park are closed temporarily after a fire ripped through the Victoria Avenue building housing them on Sunday evening.
Eater tipster Daniel reported the four-alarm fire around 6:30 p.m., suggesting it was due to a chimney fire and observing that “the area smells like a mix of BBQ and bonfire”. The fire originated from the meatier and more grill-oriented of the two restaurants, Lavanderia, before spreading.
Neither restaurant was open at the time, although some staff were working — CBC reports that those workers phoned the fire in and the building was evacuated without injuries. CTV Montreal have footage of the fire in progress online, if watching small businesses burn is one of your interests.
The exceedingly classy Antonio Park is taking the bad news very well — responding to Eater, he says “Thank you very much for your concern, everybody is fine, no one got hurt, thank god!”
Park promises that Lavanderia and the eponymous Park sushi restaurant will be back in business soon. “Hopefully next week — have to find out the damage first,” Park explains. That damage is estimated to be in the $100,000 range — although that’s less of an issue for Park: “the most important part is that my team/family is fine!”
Wanted to thank everyone who has expressed concern for our safety, we are all fine & hope to be up & running again soon— Antonio Park (@ChefAntonioPark) November 14, 2016
200 of Montreals finest firefighters, policemen & Westmount security came to save our beloved restaurants, Thank you!— Antonio Park (@ChefAntonioPark) November 14, 2016
In short, both restaurants are closed for the time being with no set re-opening date as yet, although Eater will keep you updated. As the infamous Romados fire of 2012 taught Montrealers, repairing smoke damage can take much longer than expected — but let’s hope for a swift return to business.
Was terrified when I heard of fire at Lavanderia, and very relieved to speak to Antonio and hear everyone was okay. Hope they're back soon. https://t.co/7jmkkGJHGD— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) November 14, 2016