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Bronkos Pizza Fire

Postby Super Fly » Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:32 am

CROWN POINT | The wait for pizza from a local family-owned Crown Point restaurant could be up to a month as the business recovers from a kitchen fire early Monday.

Bronko's Restaurant and Lounge, 1244 N. Main St., suffered fire damage to its kitchen and roof, as well as smoke and water damage throughout.

Owner Nick Tarailo was woken by a phone call about the fire at 3 a.m. and rushed over to the restaurant, which has been in Crown Point since 1981.

"We're still trying to figure out what happened," Tarailo said, standing outside the business with many longtime employees Monday.

Crown Point Fire Rescue Acting Chief Gerard Abraham said the department arrived at 2:35 a.m. after a water flow alarm went off. While nothing appeared to be happening from the front, behind the business firefighters found smoke pouring out and flames on the roof.

The fire is believed to have started in a kitchen grill, moving to the roof through a vent, Abraham said.

Tarailo said it appears a system that is supposed to spray down kitchen equipment in the event of fire may have malfunctioned even though it was inspected late last year.

Firefighters put out the flames in 20 minutes, but water from the hoses coupled with sprinklers left about three inches of water on the floor. Neighbors Quizno's Subs and Blockbuster Video also had minor smoke and water damage.

Bronko's has another restaurant in Hebron. But because prep work was done in Crown Point the business now has some logistical problems. A few restaurants in the area have offered to help.

Employees, many of whom have worked there for close to 20 years, are eager to get the cleanup going. Tarailo said he could envision opening in less than a month for takeout only.

"Just keep us in mind, we'll be back," he said.

This story ran on on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 1:05 AM CDT
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Postby Evolution88hd » Fri Jun 30, 2006 1:18 pm

does anyone know when bronkos will re-open, i have a huge craving for a pizza
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Postby Saddletramp » Sun Aug 13, 2006 3:38 pm

Evolution88hd wrote:does anyone know when bronkos will re-open, i have a huge craving for a pizza

Try Bronko's carry-out location in downtown Lowell! It does a craving good!
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