The affected buildings, prior to the fire. [Photo: Google Street View]
Fires seem to be an unfortunate recurring theme in SF restaurant news lately, and the latest spots to be damaged by a blaze are the Valencia duo of Thai House 530 and We Be Sushi, which caught fire early Sunday morning. The two-alarm fire appears to have done serious damage to Thai House in particular, with Uptown Almanac reader Jeff noting that "Thai House [is] not okay. My buddy there just took me though and I saw all the damage. They're going to be closed for months, if not forever because of water damage. Looks like firefighters contained it to those two buildings though."
Ariel Dovas of Mission Mission spoke to We Be Sushi, and noted that "they've got water damage and smoke smell, but not much more." There are still no reports as to the cause of the fire, which originated in the 538 Valencia apartment building, or when the two restaurants will reopen; we'll update as we learn more. The Valencia fire is the fourth major Bay Area restaurant fire this month, after blazes at nearby Bissap Baobab, Forbes Island, and Oakland's Merritt Restaurant & Bakery.