Eater SF follows up: much to LibertyHiller’s relief, the burning restaurant was Chow. They report that “the early word from the Chow team is that the restaurant will definitely be shuttered for ‘at least a couple weeks.'” Eater’s loyal commenters seem to be freaking the fuck out over this, making us wonder, if they love it THAT MUCH, why they can’t hit the Sunset (or, less conveniently, Danville or Layfayette) locations of the chain — as this correspondent recalls, the menu’s pretty much the same at, at least, both SF locations.

6:53 AM (BCN): San Francisco firefighters this morning are responding to a restaurant fire in the city’s Castro district, a dispatcher said.

Units responded to fire reported at a restaurant at Church and Market streets at around 6 a.m., according to the San Francisco Fire Department.

The one-alarm fire burned for about 35 minutes until it was declared knocked down at around 6:35 a.m., the dispatcher said.

Preliminary reports indicate the blaze ignited in a flue in the structure, according to dispatch.

Further information was not immediately available.

Crews remain at the scene and the fire is under investigation.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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