Here's a follow-up to the five-alarm fire reported at 163 Bleecker St. between Sullivan and Thompson late Friday night.
The smoke was so intense several East Village residents thought the fire was a little closer to home. (This is outside our usual coverage zone, though we received a lot of questions about it.)
There was a report of two firefighters sustaining minor injuries at the scene. And, unfortunately, the business here, Uncle Ted's Modern Chinese Cuisine, was destroyed.
Here's their message to patrons on Saturday via Instagram:
Amazing 8 years, oh man, we've been through the hardship of pandemic, we were ready to fully reopen to a reunion with all the friends, we were so excited to see our city back, we were trying so hard to make it happen……now it's time to say goodbye. Thanks to all the brave firefighters battling for us last night, thanks for everyone who supported and loved us. Thank you! It's extremely hard for us but we will be back!
The second floor of the building housed a yoga studio.
The fire remains under investigation, per NYI.