St. James Tavern Closes Temporarily Due to Fire
Part of North Fourth Street was blocked off around noon yesterday as the Columbus Fire Department extinguished a fire at St. James Tavern. Few details were released about the incident, but according to a post on the Italian Village’s Facebook page, the fire was contained to the storage room and resulted in no injuries.
There were a number of events scheduled to take place at St. James Tavern yesterday, including a Rheingeist fundraiser to benefit domestic violence support organization Choices and a MadLab Theatre show opening cast party.
Due to the fire, St. James Tavern has closed for a least a few weeks, and those events were relocated to a house a couple doors down, belonging to resident Greg McGill.
Tavern owner Michelle Hill released a statement last night about the fire:
“I appreciate all of the love being sent my way. I am still trying to process it all. Damage could have been so much worse. Not sure when we can reopen, but we WILL!! ASAP.. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT. I wish I could hug each of you right now. Extra love to our neighborhood family at Seventh Son and Mission Coffee for their support.”
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