Calumet Fisheries, the iconic South Side seafood restaurant, caught fire Tuesday afternoon and suffered “extensive” damage.
The fire was concentrated in the roof area of the red-topped building along the Calumet River on the Far South Side, according to the Chicago Fire Department. There were no injuries reported and the fire was extinguished by 2 p.m., according to the department.
On Tuesday evening, fire officials said the blaze was found to be accidental due to an electrical issue.
The eatery at 3259 E. 95th St. is known for its wood-smoked fish. The restaurant first opened in 1948 and is owned by the same family who founded the bare-bones establishment, according to the restaurant’s website.
The business just reopened Saturday after it was closed by the Chicago Department of Public Health after an Oct. 31 inspection found evidence of rodents and a host of other facility issues, according to department data.
Calumet Fisheries was honored in 2010 by the James Beard Awards in the America’s Classics category. Anthony Bourdain stopped by for a 2009 episode of his show “No Reservations” as did WTTW’s “Check, Please!” In January, Vice President Kamala Harris paid the restaurant a visit and later offered praise to the smoked salmon.
Damage to Calumet fishery is extensive. Fire was in large void in upper area now out with no injury to members. Business had been subject of earlier closure by City pic.twitter.com/6Fnzx02L6R
— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) November 21, 2023