Nearly a week after a gas line fire under a bridge over Peachtree Creek caused a portion of Cheshire Bridge Road to close, Latin restaurant and bar Las Margaritas erupted into flames less than a mile away.
According to Atlanta Fire and Rescue officials, the Monday evening blaze was first reported as a grass fire. However, when firefighters arrived on the scene, they found flames shooting through the roof of the restaurant and on the patio. Las Margaritas is typically closed on Mondays.
“Upon arrival of our units, we immediately began an aggressive fire attack on the building. We were quickly able to get the fire knocked down. No injuries. And right now, the scene is still under investigation,” Battalion Chief Jason McLain told Fox5 News.
The building sustained substantial damage during yesterday’s fire, but may not be a total loss. Officials have yet to determine a cause or pinpoint exactly where the fire began, and hope footage from a security camera yields more information.
Owned by Oscar Valdivieso and his mother, Marta, Las Margaritas has been a staple on Cheshire Bridge Road for over 20 years, serving a range of Mexican to Colombian dishes on its menu. A longtime advocate and supporter of Atlanta’s LGBTQ community, the restaurant employs many people from within the community and regularly hosts and sponsors events, groups, and sports leagues.
Eater reached out to Las Margaritas for comment on the fire. Check back for updates.
1842 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta.