Working fire now at Lolinda Barat 21st and Mission, firefighters on scene, whole street smoky pic.twitter.com/M50p9ZGl2W— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) August 6, 2016
A fire that broke out Friday night at the Mission's Argentinian-style steakhouse Lolinda which also spread up a flue pipe to the rooftop bar El Techo may cause the restaurant to have to close temporarily. Mission Local reports that the fire began in the kitchen at 2518 Mission Street around 10 p.m., in the midst of dinner service, and spread up to the popular rooftop.
The fire was extinguished within 30 minutes, but reportedly there was water damage to the ground-floor restaurant from the firefighting effort, and water was seen rushing down the sidewalks outside.
Smoke also spread out to Mission Street, and patrons and passersby were seen coughing and fleeing the scene.
No official update has yet been posted to the restaurant's Facebook page, but a rep for Back Of The House restaurant group tells SFist that Lolinda will "for sure be closed today and tomorrow" (Saturday and Sunday) for cleanup, and El Techo may possibly reopen Sunday, depending on a few factors. If you had reservations at the restaurant this weekend, they are canceled and you will need to reschedule.
We'll update you as we learn more.