by Andrew Dalton
Tiki bar aficionados lost a watering hole late last night as a fire at Tiki Tom's in Oakland quickly erupted from one-alarm to a three-alarm status. About 80 firefighters with 17 engines had problems reaching the waterfront restaurant near the Park Street Bridge and a fireboat was brought in to flank the blaze from the estuary side. Crews remained on the scene from just after 11 p.m. Thursday night until 6 a.m. this morning dousing remaining hot spots. BCN reports (via SFGate) that the cause of the fire is still being investigated, although the building was unoccupied so we can safely rule out flaming rum drinks as the culprit.
Of course the Yelpers, who never seemed to give it much love before, are already reviewing the restaurant's smoldering new look - alternately giving it a harsh one star for burning down and an elegiac 5 stars for the good times and greasy food that will be missed.