A kitchen fire in the Santa Fe's historic Plaza Café shortly after midnight Sunday, September 5th has resulted in the temporary closing of the iconic restaurant. Owner Andy Razos said in an interview on KOB news that he expects the cafe be closed for two weeks. The fire is attributed to garlic butter left over a pilot-light on the stove. Flames shot out of the building’s roof. A passerby alerted the fire department.
Between the Labor Day holiday, with The City Different jammed with out-of-town visitors, and the upcoming Fiestas de Santa Fe the café stands to lose a substantial amount business. The 2010 Roadfood Eating Tour - New Mexico organized by consummate foodies and former Gourmet Magazine columnists, Jane and Michael Stern, will be in town on Friday, September 17th; the Plaza Café is on their itinerary along with other popular downtown restaurants.
The Plaza Café, calling itself “Santa Fe’s oldest restaurant” opened on the west side of the historic Plaza in 1918. The Razatos family has owned it since 1947. They recently opened the Cowden Café at the New Mexico History Museum.