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The building that houses Radio Tavern on Bridge Street is engulfed in a huge fire tonight. WOODTV8 has some incredible video of the 2nd and 3rd floor walls collapsing :shok: It's also right next to Little Mexico, which had to close due to the fire.

http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4136079

We were downtown tonight for a meeting and smelled smoke, so I checked out their website when I got home.

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The building that houses Radio Tavern on Bridge Street is engulfed in a huge fire tonight. WOODTV8 has some incredible video of the 2nd and 3rd floor walls collapsing :shok: It's also right next to Little Mexico, which had to close due to the fire.

http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4136079

We were downtown tonight for a meeting and smelled smoke, so I checked out their website when I got home.

I'm assuming Big O's got wiped out in this tragedy. That's really terrible, it's one of my favorite restaurants.

What a shame, that building was really cool. It had the neatest tri-level wood porch on the back of it. Similar to Chicago buildings.

Very unfortunate for the west side. :cry:

Nitro

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Great, now we have the perfect site for a new 40 story mixed use tower. :P

Sadly, its probably going to be turned into a surface parking lot. GR does'nt have a good history in the past 50 years of rebuilding better or taller after a building fire. :(

But here's hoping for the best! :thumbsup:

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Your roving reporter keepin you up-to-date. Here are some photos from this morning of the building (Roertz Bldg?) that houses the Radio Tavern, built in 1922. Sad to see a neighborhood landmark go like this. Maybe it can be saved :huh: Still smoldering away:

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No kidding. The firefighters were escorting a couple of people into the Big O portion when I was there (the portion on the left).

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No kidding. The firefighters were escorting a couple of people into the Big O portion when I was there (the portion on the left).

Wow. I dont know much about bulding restoration, but I'd be suprised if that didn't get knocked down. Hopefully I'm wrong. :(

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now they just lost all of their worldly possessions.

This is a great example of why people NEED renters insurance. It's dirt cheap yet most people still don't get it... I'm not sayin this because i'm the insurance guy, I'm just makin a point.

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This is a great example of why people NEED renters insurance. It's dirt cheap yet most people still don't get it... I'm not sayin this because i'm the insurance guy, I'm just makin a point.

I never had it and never needed it (thank god) but a friend of mine who did have it was thanking his lucky stars when his neighbor's place caught fire, and the resulting damage made his place un-live-able.

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I'm assuming Big O's got wiped out in this tragedy. That's really terrible, it's one of my favorite restaurants.

I didn't realize this until the morning. A huge loss - Big O's was one of my favorites. Good neighborhood restaurant.

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They've begun demolishing the Hoertz Building today, with a little history here:

http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4140726

The may be able to save the building next door due to a fire wall between the two, but the Big O had a lot of smoke and water damage.

That is sad, and I do hope something good happens to come of that area.

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yeah I hope to see another simular building built at that site and maybe evn over the lot next to it. That would be cool to put in a row of 3-4 floor townhouses maybe with some retail on the ground floors, judt a thought

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Interestingly the city made the owner of the building remove the old trim before it was demolished. This was actually forward thinking, and I am assuming that they will require it to be used in a new design.

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Hopefully we're not looking at another parking lot. That area has been spared, for the most part, from having an overabundance of parking lots fronting Bridge St. It presents inself as one of the more interesting and urban streets in a Grand Rapids neighborhood.

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Hopefully we're not looking at another parking lot. That area has been spared, for the most part, from having an overabundance of parking lots fronting Bridge St. It presents inself as one of the more interesting and urban streets in a Grand Rapids neighborhood.

About two blocks over from where I live. I was sad to see it. I wonder where Big O's is going to move?? :huh:

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About two blocks over from where I live. I was sad to see it. I wonder where Big O's is going to move?? :huh:

Big O's is moving to 80 Ottawa NW, where Harri's Brooklyn Pizza was, and Top Dog (?) before that. Tough competition for the lunch crowd downtown.

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Big O's is moving to 80 Ottawa NW, where Harri's Brooklyn Pizza was, and Top Dog (?) before that. Tough competition for the lunch crowd downtown.

Actually, this was the original location for the Dog Pit. Definately one of the bigger success stories for downtown.

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I read that Big O's is looking to move into Harry's Brooklyn Pizza's old spot. Big O's is great. I think they would draw a good crowd and they mentioned delivery would still be available to the old neighborhood.

Joe

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