A fire late on Monday at 2664 Broadway, the 10-story building near 101st Street housing the Broadway Restaurant, brought a large FDNY response and appears to have forced an evacuation of the building. Broadway Restaurant is a diner that’s been open for nearly 50 years.
An FDNY spokesman was not able to respond to our questions on Tuesday morning, given that there was a large fire still being fought in the Bronx, but we will hopefully have more information soon. NYCfire.net, which tracks fires, reported that the Broadway fire was on the first floor, indicating it was in the restaurant.
Mark D. Friedman said residents of the building were sheltering in his lobby across the street while firefighters worked. He said some residents were allowed to get back in afterwards, but not all.
Smoke was pouring from the kitchen duct that comes out the front of the restaurant, according to another tipster. “They had to break down the windows to enter, LOTS of smoke. I assume the kitchen is damaged and the diner will be out for a while.” Callers to the restaurant got a busy signal as of Tuesday morning.
Broadway Restaurant opened in 1970, according to this blog post from MBVintageNewYork. “It’s one of the last of the bygone Manhattan coffee shops, the kind with pastrami and eggs for breakfast and meat loaf parmigiana for dinner.”