Tree Bistro is returning after October fire

Tree Bistro has not been open since the six-alarm fire this past Oct. 3 at neighboring 188 First Ave. between 11th Street and 12th Street.

That fire wiped out Tree Bistro’s backyard garden … and caused other damage inside the restaurant.

Now EVG regular Lola Sáenz reports that the space is under renovation, and will reopen later this spring.

Uogashi, the Japanese restaurant in the retail space at 188 First Ave., didn’t fare as well, and is not expected to return. The Uogashi website, now offline, had listed “permanently closed” under their hours of operation.

Officials said they believe the fire, which injured 17 people, including 14 firefighters, began inside Uogashi. An exact cause has not been made public.

Meanwhile, Fiaschetteria Pistoia returned to service on March 6 after a late December fire badly damaged its space on 11th Street near Avenue C … while the storefront housing Yakiniku West at 218 E. Ninth St. between Second Avenue and Third Avenue is under renovation. The Japanese restaurant’s Facebook page states that they plan to reopen some time this year after a fire in the building last April.

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