UPDATED: Taffies Restaurant kitchen damaged in fire

UPDATED: Taffies Restaurant kitchen damaged in fire

CHAMPAIGN – Fire officials say the cause of a Sunday night fire that has shut down a west Champaign restaurant is undetermined.

Taffies Restaurant is closed until further notice following a fire that damaged kitchen equipment. Officials estimate the damage at $35,000.

No one was hurt and the fire was contained to the kitchen, according to a Champaign Fire Department press release.

Firefighters were called at 10:23 p.m. Sunday to the restaurant at 301 S. Mattis Ave., where flames were visible through the front windows and smoke was exiting through the vents on the roof.

Champaign fire Lt. Jeff Lattz said it appeared that the fire started near one of the fryers. Some of the kitchen equipment sustained smoke and heat damage.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District has been notified and will be inspecting the restaurant on Monday, according to the release.

The Pomonis family had owned Taffies until this month when its general manager, Jeremy Van Matre, bought the restaurant.


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laidbackreader wrote on August 27, 2012 at 7:08 am

Who will heat up my canned green beans and powdered gravy now?

EL YATIRI wrote on August 27, 2012 at 11:08 am
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all that grease finally ignited

areader wrote on August 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm

El and laidback--you guys are mean.  Hope the restaurant is back in business soon!!!!!!

Caleb Curtiss wrote on August 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I also hope they're back in business soon.

Since the livelihood of those who rely on Taffies are at stake here, comments like those above aren't just uncalled for, they're cruel and serve only to add insult to very real injury.

Orbiter wrote on August 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm

But I like canned green beans and powdered gravy. Especially warmed-up. Sorry areader, I'm in the 99%, who can't afford to feast on steaks and fancy salads. Why do you insinuate that this is somehow inferior or even insulting?

silvdbs wrote on August 28, 2012 at 7:08 am

Some people can't take a joke. I thought the above comments were hilarious.