Smoky Goose’s Acre may open next week after fire

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011.

The Goose’s Acre Bistro and Irish Pub may re-open sometime next week after a kitchen fire Monday night at the popular Waterway pub damaged two restaurants and forced an evacuation of the entire building at 21 Waterway Avenue.

photo by Eric S. Swist

The investigation of the fire is ongoing, but the cause has been determined as accidental, said James Singleton, inspector for the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office. He is considering either a wood-burning stove or a rotisserie oven as the possible origin of the fire, which also damaged the Américas restaurant located next to the Goose’s Acre.

“There’s no indication of any kind of foul play,” Singleton said.

The fire was contained to the ventilation duct hood in the Goose’s Acre, which received smoke and water damage, while Américas received some smoke damage.

Firefighters were dispatched at 6:40 p.m. Monday to a fire alarm at 21 Waterway Avenue. Needham Assistant Fire Chief Randy Doyle said there were two minor injuries, one from smoke inhalation and another from a sprained ankle.

The fire was under control around 8:30 Monday evening, he said.

Goose’s Acre General Manager Brandi Viehe said insurance will cover the damages, and although she hopes to reopen next week, it depends on whether the fire marshal’s office gives the business permission to reopen.

“We are optimistic that it got caught early and that it’s only smoke and water damage,” Viehe said.

The lack of sales this week will have an impact on business, as Thanksgiving week is “one of the busiest of the year for restaurants,” Viehe said. She hopes to reopen next week to accommodate several companies planning to hold their holiday parties at the pub.

Source: Matt Stephens, yourhoustonnews.com

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