The fire, reportedly originating in the building’s ducts, broke out around 7:30 a.m. and firefighters were on the scene within minutes, Patch reports. Out of the 106 firefighters and four trucks that responded, one firefighter sustained a minor injury. The Fire Department of the City of New York is still investigating the cause of the blaze.
Despite containing the fire by 10 a.m., thanks in part to employees turning off the gas before leaving the building, owners Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry say the award-winning bar still suffered enough damage to have to shutter. They still don’t know the full extent of the fire and water damages, but say they are “fully committed to reopening as soon as possible and remediating any and all damage.”
The Dead Rabbit opened at 30 Water St. in 2013, quickly rising to superstar status with its Irish pub feel and ambitious drinks. In the last five years, the bar has become an essential drink destination, garnering such prestigious awards as World’s Best Bar in 2016 and a James Beard nomination for outstanding bar program in 2017. The bar is set to expand this year and double its space.