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The Perch to Reopen After Last Week’s Fire in Wicker Park

The fire kept the brewpub closed for 10 days

The exterior of the perch.
The Perch opened in 2020.
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Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

A Wicker Park restaurant that’s remained closed since Sunday, November 26 — after a mechanical fire erupted on the roof — is set to reopen.

Flames broke out during dinner service at the Perch nine days ago. No one was hurt. The restaurant’s owners at 4 Star Restaurant Group — they also own the Smoke Daddy down the street, and spots like Crosby’s Kitchen in Lakeview — have announced the Perch will reopen at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 6.

Ownership, in a statement to Eater Chicago, says the fire damaged the hood system and the roof — they’ve been working nonstop to reopen. They praised the staff and manager Sean Cusick for his leadership in evacuating the space last week.

“Our team at the Perch did a great job taking all steps to escort every guest and team member out of the building safely in a timely manner,” the statement also reads. “We are thankful for the local fire department for the quick response, we avoided major damage because of their response time.”

As a sign of appreciation for the quick response of the Chicago Fire Department, they’re donating proceeds from beer sales to the two stations that helped mitigate the damage.

The Perch debuted in 2020 as a collaboration between 4 Star and Finch Beer Co. The brewpub is known for its wood-fired items.

The Perch

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