Legacy Little Italy restaurant Angelo’s of Mulberry St. is now shuttered following a two-alarm fire Saturday morning that injured 13 people in the building. The 115-year-old restaurant, at 146 Mulberry St. near Grand Street, will be closed for months from the blaze, caused by “accidental, careless discard of smoking materials,” the Times reports.
The fire broke out around 7:41 a.m. and firefighters found the first two floors of the six-story apartment building up in flames. The fire required 106 firefighters and 25 trucks to come under control by 9:20 a.m. Two people were left seriously injured, while 11 others, including one firefighter, had minor injuries.
#FDNY members operating earlier this morning on scene of a 2-alarm fire, 146 Mulberry St Manhattan. There are currently 12 non-life-threatening injuries to civilians reported. The fire has been placed under control (photo cred: @nycoem) pic.twitter.com/XvlPyHxgc3— FDNY (@FDNY) February 17, 2018
On Facebook, owners vowed that Angelo’s “will be back stronger than ever,” but they anticipate the Italian restaurant to be closed for several months, according to the Times.
Angelo’s has been at that location since 1902, serving Neapolitan and Italian-American food like spaghetti puttanesca and chicken scarpariello to many over the years, including politicians and celebrities like President Ronald Reagan and the basketball player Kobe Bryant. While much of Little Italy at this point has a touristy reputation, Angelo’s has maintained its status as a still-good Italian restaurant.