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Fire Temporarily Shutters Weights + Measures

Smoke from the blaze was so thick that it delayed yesterday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade

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Amy McCarthy is a staff writer at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

Yesterday, a fire broke out in the kitchen at Midtown’s Weights + Measures, causing damage and forcing the restaurant to close its doors for at least a few days.

The restaurant announced the news on its social media channels, saying that the fire was small and that all customers and staff were safe and sound after the fire broke out around 10:45 a.m. on Monday. A representative for Weights + Measures tells Eater that the blaze was quickly contained by the Houston Fire Department, and that damage to the restaurant was “minimal.”

The smoke from the fire, though, was decidedly more intense. According to Click2Houston, clouds of smoke from the fire forced the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Grande Parade in Midtown to stop, even though it was a street away. After putting out the blaze, firefighters determined that it began in one of the restaurant’s kitchen hood vents.

Weights + Measures is expected to open its doors again this week, likely by Friday. Stay tuned for an update on its official reopening.