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Dining News: Weekend Fire Shuts Down Ella, Hopes to Reopen on Monday


Ella, the Downtown outpost of the Selland's restaurant empire at 12th & K, had a small kitchen fire on Saturday that caused the restaurant to shut down over the weekend, reports the Sac Bee's Blair Anthony Robertson.

The blaze was quickly extinguished, but not before the Ansul System, with nozzles installed over the cooking surfaces, went into action, spraying a green viscous retardant throughout the large kitchen.

No one was injured and there was no structural damage to the multimillion-dollar restaurant, which is widely admired for its interior design.

According to Robertson, being closed for Saturday evening cost Ella more than $30,000 in revenue. Also, noted by the Sac Bee's Chris Macias on Twitter:

On Monday evening, Ella hosts a private event, one of the many Back to [legislative] Session Bashes. I snagged a ticket through my Day Job and will report back if there's any visible damage.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

The most recent high profile restaurant that I can remember closing due to fire was Mikuni's Fair Oaks location at the end of 2012. That fire, which caused much more damage, closed the sushi joint for more than 2 months.

* Edited to add bit about Mikuni.

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VIDEO: Bacon Fest: Big hit at Sacramento restaurants - Alfredo Rodriguez-Medrano head baker, Yellowbill Café offers up a Bacon Crostata as their signature dish for Bacon Fest. Leticia Ordaz on KCRA.

VIDEO: CBS13 Tours New Beer Garden in Midtown - The new business, which is at 24th and O Streets, opens today at 3 p.m. On CBS 13.


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