A fire Oct. 2 in the kitchen at Hodnett’s Steakhouse & Lounge, 188 Midland Ave., led to the temporary relocation of upstairs tenants, authorities reported, but the eatery is back in business, albeit with a limited menu.
Kearny Fire Chief Steve Dyl said the one-alarm blaze broke out at about 9 p.m. and was limited to the kitchen area and adjacent ductwork. The second-floor apartments were, however, temporarily vacated.
Dyl said the blaze was brought under control in about 20 minutes. One firefighter reportedly suffered minor injuries, was treated and released.
The chief said the blaze was not suspicious and appears to have been accidental, but an investigation would be conducted.
Hodnett’s occupies the building that formerly housed Torremolino’s.
Contacted Friday, a Hodnett’s employee told us the lounge was open and items such as hamburgers, sandwiches and baby back ribs were available, part of a “limited menu” until repairs to the kitchen are complete.
— Karen Zautyk