According to provincial fire investigators the December 13th fire that destroyed Sassafraz originated in the kitchen.
The inferno caused $2.5 million in damage to the 94-year-old building, and even though officials determined it could be saved the ill effects of the flames, smoke and water were everywhere.
After the blaze broke out, the first floor ceiling came crashing down onto tables that had been set for lunch. Then part of the second-floor roof collapsed as well.
With its cheery yellow exterior, Sassafraz was well known for the celebrities it attracted – notably at film festival time. Among the stars believed to have frequented the hotspot: Robert De Niro and Mick Jagger.
Sassafraz opened in 1997 at the corner of Cumberland and Bellair Sts., replacing the Bellair Cafe. Over its nearly 10-year history it had become one of the neighbourhood’s best-known hangouts.
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