Palacio de los Jugos back to business quickly after small fire

Years ago, a fire at a bar on the corner of West Flagler Street and 57th Avenue helped Apolonia Bermudez buy the property and turn it into the parking lot of what is now the first of seven Palacio de los Jugos.

On Tuesday morning, fire flared in the area again, but this time on a much smaller scale.

At about 3 a.m., a small fire burned around several cooking appliances, including a stove and a deep fryer, in the cooking building behind the restaurant area of the Flagler Palacio. Black smoke billowed from the building.

Miami Fire Rescue quickly put out the fire and no one was injured, said Ignatius Carroll, a Miami Fire Rescue spokesman. The restaurant had closed at 9 Monday night and cleaning crews were gone by about 1 Tuesday morning.

Carroll said the investigation concluded that the fire was accidental, caused from a burner that was left on in the deep fryer during cleaning.

Palacio manager Arturo Rodriguez said the fire burned some of the metal filters located above the stoves, but that by Tuesday morning, the filters were already being replaced.

Business resumed at 7 a.m. as scheduled, and by mid-morning, customers were again lining up for juice, pork and black rice.

“Let them come and eat chuleta,” Rodriguez said.

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