County Barbeque will be closed for "several weeks" after a Wednesday night fire tore through the building that houses the Little Italy restaurant. A spokeswoman confirmed that it would take some time for the restaurant to reopen and that no one was hurt in the blaze. Firefighter crews were called in at 9:11 p.m. Wednesday, reported DNAinfo.
The spokeswoman added that County Barbecue ownership is still assessing the damage to the restaurant. DNAinfo reported that the structure appeared to suffer severe water damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Chicago Fire Department, though it appears sparks ignited on the second-floor apartment, DNAinfo reported. Two fire department engines responded and they quickly doused the blaze.
The DMK restaurant group spot opened in 2013 at 1352 W. Taylor St. It’s a collaboration between DMK’s David Morton and Michael Kornick, as well as MK Restaurant chef Erick Williams, which gained Bib Gourmand status in Chicago's Michelin Guide for the last three years.