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Manresa Damaged by Fire for Second Time in Four Years

The damages are “minor,” say officials

Patricia Chang

Almost exactly four years ago, Manresa was closed for six months, after a two-alarm fire caused extensive damage. A second, less destructive, blaze struck last night around 9 p.m., according to the Santa Clara Fire Department, and was extinguished at 9:14 p.m.

An exterior wall of the restaurant and adjoining fence were on fire when crews arrived in response to 911 calls. Because the restaurant is typically closed on Monday and Tuesday no one was inside, and there were no injuries. According to the incident report, the damage is minor.

At the time of the 2014 fire, Manresa boasted two Michelin stars. After a $2 million remodel, the restaurant reopened, and quickly earned a third star; last week the restaurant celebrated 16 years in business. Chef/owner David Kinch also owns nearby Manresa Bread, and the Bywater.

No word yet from the restaurant on the extent of the damage and whether it will reopen on Wednesday; Eater has reached out for comment and will update accordingly.

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