Yesterday afternoon, a grease fire that originated in Pacific Beach AleHouse's kitchen had employees and patrons fleeing the Grand Avenue restaurant as flames traveled upwards and sparked a second fire in the building's attic.
Thankfully, no injuries have been reported.
Owner Eric Leitstein (Union Kitchen & Tap), who is opening Backyard Kitchen & Tap in the beach neighborhood next month, told NBC 7 that PB AleHouse employees tried to extinguish the fire before evacuating the restaurant.
Initial reports estimate the damage at $1M, including the loss of brewery equipment.
There's no word yet on when the brewpub might reopen but a message on PB AleHouse's Facebook page says, "We are incredibly thankful to have great management and employees that helped get everyone out safe from the fire at PB AleHouse yesterday. We also want to say thank you to the Firefighters that were able to douse the flames quickly. We appreciate the continued support from the Pacific Beach community and hope to be back in business soon."