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Fire closes Santa Fe's historic Plaza Café

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.



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    Pauline Dolinski 3 years ago

    What a mess.

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    Charles Higgins 3 years ago

    Shame..eaten here several times in the distant past..they'll renovate it, I'm sure..soon..


  • Jodie J 3 years ago

    Sorry for the restaurant owner and staff and patrons counting on eating there. Hope everything is back up soon.

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    Jerome Shaw 3 years ago

    I haven't eaten here, I hope they get back up and running soon. I;ll have to give it a try next trip to SF

  • Profile picture of Patty Davis
    Patty Davis 3 years ago

    A place that popular is bound to reopen.

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    Marc Friedman 3 years ago

    amazing how many restaurants have kitchen fires, which i presume this was. hope it reopens sooner rather than later.

  • Ted Nelson 3 years ago

    Closing for two weeks is rough, but at least the two weeks are during a traditional slow time for restaurants. If this was during the holidays or the summer rush it would be catastrophic.

  • santafeinsidertravelerexaminer 3 years ago

    Actually this is a very busy time. They had to close during the Labor Day Weekend. The following week was Fiesta. Santa Fe will stay really busy through at least mid-October and sometimes to the end. We have even had hopping early Novembers. Then it quiets down until Thanksgiving and then fairly quiet until Christmas. The time between Thanksgiving and the end of the year, Santa Fe is all lit up with farolitos and other lights and it is a magical site. Then it will get quiet with some spring-break skiing activity and then it picks up again around Memorial Day and will stay busy through October. And that's our year in Santa Fe.

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