Historic Main Street Restaurant Temporarily Closed After Blaze
St. Charles, MO/March 9, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — A popular restaurant along St. Charles’ historic Main Street is temporarily closed after a late night fire. Lewis & Clark’s Restaurant at 217 South Main Street was ablaze when firefighters were sent to the scene about 12:30 Wednesday morning. Battalion Chief Dan Casey of the St. Charles Fire Department said crews arrived to find heavy smoke pouring from the roof and back of the building.
Chief Casey said the fire began in the kitchen. He said the size, age, and type of structure caused additional concern in battling the fire, so a second alarm was called. Lewis & Clark Restaurant occupies a three-story brick building that dates back to the late 1800’s. The chief credits the installed sprinkler/fire suppression system with keeping the damage to a minimum. He said that allowed his men to get the fire under control fairly quickly. Still, Chief Casey said the whole building sustained heavy smoke and water damage.
Lewis & Clark’s American Restaurant and Public House opened in St. Charles’ historic shopping district in 1985. Dan Badock (of Soulard’s Restaurant fame) bought the established restaurant from founder Bob Kirkwood in 2012. Badock posted this message Wednesday on the restaurant’s Facebook Page: “We had a Fire early this morning. We will Re Open (sic) after Repairs… I will keep you my loyal customers and friends posted. Sorry for any Inconvenience.” Repairs are reportedly expected to take about a month to complete.
Lewis & Clark’s offers classic American fare, including steaks, seafood, and burgers. The casual restaurant is known for its ample dining and event space, picture windows, and balcony seating, which offers nice views of the Missouri River and historic Main Street.