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Five Spice Cafe, Burlington VT, fire

signothetimes53 Jan 27, 2007 02:08 PM

Kitchen fire today at the Five Spice Cafe in Burlington has pretty much destroyed this long-established restaurant. It has been ruled accidental, but with damages estimated at $750K according to the local news report, this can't bode well for the restaurant's future.

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    chilihead Jan 30, 2007 11:31 AM

    I only ever encountered really, really, bad food there. It is no culinary loss, though I feel bad for those whose livelihood has been compromised.

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      OCatswell Jan 29, 2007 04:01 PM

      Too bad. Always and OK place to go. The tables were elbow to elbow very much like Leunig's... Food was hit or miss the last couple of years- Not what it used to be.

      The Burlington FD should be commended for saving the rest of the block!

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        kozmikarl Oct 3, 2007 09:09 AM

        I'm glad you said that. Five Spice food weirdness aside, that building is shoehorned into the block. A lot of memories went up in smoke but many, many more people would be out of work if the fire dept. hadn't jumped on it as quickly as they did.

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        Addisonchef Jan 29, 2007 04:49 AM

        A friend and I were talking about how we needed to get there for dim sum soon. Too bad we waited. :-(

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          OCatswell Jan 28, 2007 07:50 PM

          had recently changed owners...

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            jhberkley Jan 28, 2007 04:02 PM

            So sad. I will miss the dim sum.

            1. kaszeta Jan 27, 2007 07:45 PM

              Ouch, that was one of my favorite places in Burlington. Hope they can sort this out with insurance, otherwise, I hope the staff manage to find good positions at some of the other good places around there.

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                Jestner Jan 27, 2007 06:01 PM

                Thanks for the update. I think updates like this are just as important as food op'eds.

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                  phoebek Jan 27, 2007 04:55 PM

                  Too bad! That was a favorite of ours when visiting friends in Burlington.

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