Googie.JPG (copy)

In the early hours of Wednesday, Jan. 27, Seaside police discovered smoke coming from the roof of Googie Grill. Officers called in the fire department and six fire trucks were dispatched at 2:32am. They arrived at the restaurant at 2:37am. 

Firefighters discovered an active fire in the restaurant's kitchen. They secured the electrical and gas infrastructure and called in PG&E to secure the neighboring tower in order to put out the fire. Shortly into fighting the fire, Googie Grill's owner, Jennifer Kadosh was called in. 

"It was so confusing, when I arrived, they thought they had put out the fire, but then the fire was still burning within the walls," Kadosh says.

Neither Kadosh nor the fire department suspect foul play and will not further investigate the incident. "It could have been started by a pot, it could have been something electrical. But it was just a kitchen fire," Kadosh says. 

Kadosh doesn't expect to be out of business for too long at all. She is actively seeking kitchen space at the Monterey County Fairgrounds to keep her to-go menu going, as well as maintain her participation in the Great Plates program, which provides meals for seniors. She is also in close contact with the city's code enforcement officials, who assured that they'd make sure to expedite permits so Googie Grill could open on site sooner rather than later.

"No city wants any restaurant to go, especially during these times," Kadosh says.

The fire could not come at a worse time for the restaurateur, who was finally feeling a little hopeful after they had their first sit-down patio diner in weeks, after the ban on outdoor dining was lifted when the regional stay-at-home order ended on Monday. 

"It's just sad you know," she says. "With everything happening in the past year, now this."

Marielle Argueza is a staff writer and calendar editor for the Weekly. She covers education, immigration and culture. Additionally, she covers the areas of Marina and South County. She occasionally writes about food and runs the internship program.

You make our work happen.

The article you’re about to read is from our reporters doing their important work — investigating, researching, and writing their stories.

We want to provide informative and inspirational stories that connect you to the people, issues and opportunities within our community.

Journalism takes a lot of resources. Today, our business model has been interrupted by the pandemic; the vast majority of our advertisers’ businesses have been impacted. That’s why the Weekly is now turning to you for financial support. Learn more about our new Insider’s program here.

Thank you.

JOIN NOW

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.