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Cgy Chinatown fire

23skidoo Jan 25, 2010 02:26 PM

I have a pretty good view of the fire in Chinatown, and it looks like they're taking the building down.

AFAIK, three restaurants were destroyed in the fire: Bobby Chao's, Thai Bistro, and a shawarma/donair place I don't know the name of (it used to be Damascus Shawarma). I believe there was also a Karaoke bar in the building.

  1. electroleum Feb 9, 2010 09:29 AM

    I was watching the Superbowl with someone on the Fire brigade that fought this fire. It hasn't been reported yet, but this was 100% arson. They had unsuccessfully attempted to burn the place down 3 days before. He said there were 3 jerry cans of fuel and a severed gas line to add accelerant to the fire.

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    1. re: electroleum
      The Gut Feb 9, 2010 10:56 AM

      Wow, kind of sad. I could write a novel here ranting. I think it's sort of good that the arsonists are so careless as to just leave the evidence. It's good that no one was injured seriously at least.

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      Budca Jan 25, 2010 08:23 PM

      Yes Bobby Chao's moved after the last fire at that location. I think it was 1.5 yrs ago when the last fire occurred at that location

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        miss.foodie Jan 25, 2010 04:32 PM

        I don't think Bobby Chao's has been at that location for some time. They moved up to the Edgemont area. Their current address is: #18 - 34 Edgedale Drive NW. I can confirm they did in fact move as I have been to the new location.

        I just checked the address for Thai Bistro. It is listed as #102 - 233 Centre St. And U & Me Restaurant is listed as #201- 233 Centre St. So I wonder if U& Me Restaurant is also affected.

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        1. re: miss.foodie
          The Gut Jan 25, 2010 04:35 PM

          This makes joining the site worth while right here. So I presume the food's still good.

          1. re: The Gut
            miss.foodie Jan 25, 2010 04:42 PM

            The last time I went to Bobby Chao's was a couple of months ago and it was still good. It was very busy though. I would suggest you make reservations before going. Their new location is not very big and but there are quite a few large tables. Luckily I went for an early dinner at around 5:30. By 6:30 the whole place was packed.

            They even have a website:

            1. re: miss.foodie
              The Gut Jan 25, 2010 05:29 PM

              Thank you.

              1. re: miss.foodie
                AriaDream Jan 26, 2010 08:42 PM

                Oh wow! They deliver to my area for free! Wewt! I'm so going to try them.

              2. re: The Gut
                foodosopher Jan 25, 2010 08:59 PM

                The food was fantastic the last time i was there (Nov 09). Peking duck is definitely the highlight - i don't think there's a restaurant serving it better than Bobby Chao's...maybe Ginger Beef in the NE, but it's been a while since i've been there.

                foodosophy : http://foodosophy.wordpress.com

              3. re: miss.foodie
                23skidoo Jan 25, 2010 11:56 PM

                I think I'm wrong about Thai Bistro. They're in the next building over from the fire.

                1. re: miss.foodie
                  Harju Jan 26, 2010 12:24 PM

                  U & Me and Thai Bistro are in the building immediately next door, so they are closed for now. Although, other than the scorched wall, the structure of their building looks unaffected but I think they would have suffered some smoke and water damage.

                  1. re: Harju
                    overseastar Feb 3, 2010 08:59 AM

                    U&Me is still open when I walked by it last week, I think they opened the side above the optometry place. I'm sad that Thai Bistro is closed for now though, they do have the fantastic Thai Food. Judging from the outside, I agree with previous comments about not major damages, just more on the side near the fire with the scorched wall.

                    1. re: overseastar
                      overseastar Feb 11, 2010 12:44 PM

                      Oops, sorry~ U&Me is closed when I walked by the actual doors today. Too bad~

                2. The Gut Jan 25, 2010 04:31 PM

                  Bobby Chao's has been gone for a while. Not sure why, me and the 9 other people that liked it a lot couldn't get down town enough to support them I guess.

                  1. John Manzo Jan 25, 2010 04:14 PM

                    NOOOOOO! Thai Bistro was excellent! So sad!

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                    1. re: John Manzo
                      23skidoo Jan 25, 2010 11:51 PM

                      False alarm! Thai Bistro is in the next building over, so it is probably unaffected by the fire (hopefully no water damage either).

                      1. re: 23skidoo
                        John Manzo Jan 26, 2010 10:11 AM

                        thank goodness! thanks for the news!

                        1. re: John Manzo
                          The Gut Jan 27, 2010 07:47 PM

                          My wife claims there were people eating at You&me when she rode the bus past after work. We drove past at around 7:30PM and they had it blocked off due to the investigations.

                    2. Crispier Crouton Jan 25, 2010 03:04 PM

                      I just flew into Calgary this afternoon on business and was driving to 9th av and 6th st. I was wondering what the burning smell was.

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