CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – Jekyll’s Kitchen was destroyed in an overnight fire that required the assistance of six local fire departments.
The fire was first reported shortly after midnight, and burned for approximately six hours on Wednesday morning. The River Street restaurant, which opened after a major renovation in 2009, was badly damaged.
“New Year’s Eve and Christmas and Thanksgiving, we’re gonna miss it,” said a resident who was at the scene.
The owner, Joe Saccone, spent the day dealing with the insurance company while his staff gathered to save anything that wasn’t damaged in the building.
“You know, no one was in the building - of course, we were closed - so the first thing is nobody got hurt,” said Saccone. “The second one is Chagrin Falls and the surrounding communities that came, they didn’t get hurt.”
Firefighters from Chagrin Falls, Bainbridge, Orange, Solon, Pepper Pike and Russell were all on hand to fight the fire that was under control by 6:30 a.m. They managed to keep it from spreading to neighboring businesses.
“They did a good job,” said Eddie DeTomaso from Dave’s Cosmic Subs, which is next door to Jekyll’s. “The building was pretty much totaled, it'll probably have to come down.”
Investigators said they haven’t ruled out any possible cause but it appears to have started near the kitchen and dining room area.
Joe Saccone is trying to assist his staff of approximately three-dozen people find work at one of his other restaurants, including Hyde Park and ML.
“We have other restaurants, of course, in the city so we're gonna try and relocate as much as we possibly can,” said Saccone.
Jekyll’s is also a popular spot for private parties and weddings, including one that was scheduled for this weekend. FOX 8’s Mark Zinni talked to the bride who was trying to find a new location.
In the meantime, residents of the community are hoping the restaurant makes a comeback.
“Our family, we have birthdays, anniversaries, lots of celebrations there so it’s a big disappointment to lose,” said Daria Classen “I hope they build it back and I hope they build it back soon.”