A New Orleans-based restaurant is closing its doors because of a blaze that destroyed a third of its space and sent its roof caving in, the restaurant’s owner said.
The New Orleans Fire Department said Sunday that it’s closed a third location of Chaldean Restaurant and Lounge in the city’s Financial District because of the fire that ripped through its premises on Sunday morning.
The fire broke out at around 5 a.m. in the basement of the building, according to the fire department.
Firefighters and police are investigating the cause of the blaze.
The Chaldes are owned by a local family.
A second location of the restaurant was set to open at 9 a.s.m., but the second location has been delayed by a week, according with the restaurant chain.
The owners of Chalde’s said that the two locations were in the midst of renovations at the time of the incident.
The company said that it would continue to operate its two locations in New Orleans.
The first restaurant was located in the Old City and the second in the French Quarter.
The restaurant’s owners did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.
Ars’ reporting team has been covering the restaurant industry in New York and New Orleans, where the fire began.
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