Popular Middleburg breakfast and lunch restaurant Grumpy’s is temporarily closed after sustaining "heavy damage" when a fire broke out Wednesday evening.
Just after 8 p.m., Clay County Fire Rescue reported via Twitter that crews were working a commercial structure fire in the 1800 block of Blanding Boulevard. By 9 p.m. the department said the fire was under control with the help of multiple units on scene.
No injuries were reported, the department said. The cause was not immediately known, and a state fire marshal is investigating.
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Photos shared by the department late Wednesday showed firefighters clearing smoke from the restaurant following the blaze.
Thursday the restaurant announced on Facebook that it would be temporarily closed to assess damage and make necessary repairs.
The restaurant, which opened at 1805 Blanding Blvd. in 2020, is one of three Grumpy’s locations in Northeast Florida and owned by franchisee Dell Hoard. Other locations include the original, at 834 Kingsley Ave. in Orange Park, and 155 Fountain Way in northern St. Johns County.
Wednesday’s fire was the second at a Northeast Florida restaurant in less than a week.
Junior’s Seafood Restaurant & Grill and adjoining Junior’s Famous Sandwiches were destroyed by fire early Thursday morning, Jan. 13, in North Jacksonville. The sandwich shop has been a fixture at its North Main Street location for more than 44 years; the seafood restaurant opened in 1999. Co-owner Abraham Hassan told the Times-Union on Saturday that his family plans to rebuild both restaurants.
This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Middleburg restaurant Grumpy's sustains heavy damage in fire