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UDPATE: Owner of smoke-damaged Bon Temps Creole Cafe hopes to reopen in three weeks

Fire damage at Bon Temps Creole Cafe in San Luis Obispo.
Fire damage at Bon Temps Creole Cafe in San Luis Obispo. The Tribune

Update:

A popular Cajun restaurant in San Luis Obispo is temporarily shut down after an early morning fire damaged its interior. But Bon Temps Creole Café owner Phil Lang hopes to reopen in as little as three weeks.

“We’ll be open for Mardi Gras,” he assured.

A passerby called 911 at 3:50 a.m. after seeing smoke coming from the roof of the restaurant at 1000 Olive Street, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo Fire Department. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze that started in the cashier island of the restaurant. The flames were confined to that area, and there was no structural damage to the building.

“It was a slow building fire,” Lang said, noting that it was likely an electrical fire.

Lang has been at the building for 15 years. Prior to his occupancy, he said, there were two other fires there.

“The fireman who put the fire out said he was here the last time,” he said.

The fire comes nine months after an early morning blaze destroyed two other popular San Luis Obispo eateries – Cabo San Luis and Kona’s Deli. Neither of those restaurants have reopened.

“We were really lucky,” Lang said. “Whoever called it in, they were the hero. Because it would have gone undetected.”

Lang did lose his collection of antique hot sauces, which had been displayed near the ceiling. But his dancing pig statue, covered in Mardi Gras beads, somehow survived.

“It was right where all the action was,” Lang said. “When they were putting the fire out, I said, ‘Can I just move the pig?’”

Original story:

An early morning fire at Bon Temps Creole Cafe in San Luis Obispo was extinguished quickly Tuesday, but the restaurant suffered heavy smoke damage because of the blaze.

A passerby called 911 at 3:50 a.m. after seeing smoke coming from the roof of the restaurant at 1000 Olive Street, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze that started in the cashier island of the restaurant. The flames were confined to that area, and there was no structural damage to the building.

However, according to fire officials, there was extensive smoke damage, and the restaurant may be closed "for some time."

No one was injured in the fire. Occupants of the adjoining motel were evacuated during the incident.



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