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A Fire on Sunday Night Destroyed the Historic Boat Shack at Nick’s Cove

Marshall Shore destination Nick’s Cove lost the boat shack at the end of its photo-worthy pier

The restaurant at Nick’s Cove.
The boat house at the end of the Nick’s Cove pier burned in a fire Sunday night.
Nick’s Cove
Paolo Bicchieri is a reporter at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, coffee and cafes, and pop-ups.

A fire destroyed a historical feature of a Marin County restaurant on the evening of January 7. SFGATE reports a fire tore through the boat shack at the end of Nick’s Cove’s pier — an iconic piece of the destination restaurant and waterfront cottages located off Tomales Bay — on Sunday night. Marin County Fire Department public information officer Mari Ochoa told the outlet the structure fire was reported just before 5 p.m. No one was inside the building at the time, and the fire was contained by 5:30 p.m.

Reached on Monday morning, Nick’s Cove owner Benson Wang says the business will remain open as usual as they figure out next steps and get more information. That means the cottages are open, the garden is open, and the restaurant is open. “The boat shack was iconic and beloved,” Wang says. “But we’re operational.”

Opened in the early 1930s, Nick’s Cove in Tomales Bay is a kind of “if you know you know” landmark in Marin County. Last year, the team behind Palm House Hospitality took over and revamped the property, which includes cottages and a restaurant known for serving briny and sweet oysters. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, though photos available through West Marin Feed show the building swallowed in flames.

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Update: January 11, 2024, 2:10 p.m.: This article was updated to clarify the health department’s concerns over the use of golas as cooking vessels in San Francisco.

Update: January 8, 2024, 11:20 a.m.: This article was updated to include comments from Benson Wang of Nick’s Cove.