Restaurant, two gift stores destroyed in Grand Marais fire

The Crooked Spoon Cafe is among the destroyed businesses.
Author:
Publish date:
Screen Shot 2020-04-13 at 3.52.24 PM

Three businesses in downtown Grand Marais were destroyed in a fire on Monday.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office confirmed that the three commercial units housing the Crooked Spoon Cafe, Picnic & Pine, and White Pine North on Wisconsin Street were total losses in the afternoon blaze.

The fire is believed to have started in the back of the Crooked Spoon, one of the highest rated restaurants in the North Shore resort town, and spread to the neighboring gift stores.

High winds made the fire difficult to contain, with power cut to the area and a backhoe deployed to help knock the fire down.

As of just after 5 p.m. Monday, fire crews had gotten the blaze under the control, with the Minnesota Fire Marshal dispatched to investigate the cause.

"I commend the swift actions of our fire departments, the City PUC and all emergency personnel involved to contain this major fire under very difficult conditions and circumstances,” said Sheriff Pat Eliasen.

"This is a devastating loss for our community and certainly the business owners. Thankfully nobody was injured during the fire."

"Thank you to the fire fighters that tried to save it. My heart hurts. Love to you all!" a post on the Picnic & Pine Facebook page read.

The owner of The Crooked Spoon Cafe wrote: "I’m sorry I don’t have a ton of words, just a lot of tears today. Thank you to the first responders and fire departments. Thank you to everyone who has reached out. My thoughts are with our neighbors tonight. Everyone is safe and that’s the most important thing. I’m surrounded by family."

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

It's a massive blow for the businesses at an already incredibly difficult time not only for them, but the whole city.

Grand Marais is a hugely popular destination for summer visitors to the North Shore thanks to its proximity to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and the bevy of aquatic options on Lake Superior. With the coronavirus pandemic causing a shutdown of many summer activities, the city is already facing a challenging season.

Among those who have been expressing their sadness is Gov. Tim Walz, who said on Monday: "I’m sorry to hear this terrible news. These businesses hold a special place in many of our hearts. I’m keeping the tight-knit Grand Marais community in my thoughts today. And tomorrow, we will rebuild."

Next Up

Ian Cole

Wild trade Greg Pateryn to Avalanche for Ian Cole

Cole won a pair of Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh and is a former first-round pick.

1024px-Hudson,_Wisconsin_9

St. Croix County GOP chair resigns after incendiary post on official website

John Kraft sparked controversy with his 'Prepare for War' post on the party website earlier this month.

ann kim

Ann Kim's new restaurant, Sooki & Mimi, to open in February

The James Beard Award winner is the brains behind Young Joni, Pizzeria Lola, and Hello Pizza.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 1.32.19 PM

Firefighters rescue worker after trench fall in Rochester

The construction worker fell about 15 feet.

gray wolf

Grand Marais mayor's dog survives attack by wolves

He heard his 65-pound dog "screaming bloody murder" and then saw the wolves chasing her.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 12.04.55 PM

Minnesota's COVID vaccine appointment site goes live

Huge demand was expected when the site went live at noon.

emily ford

Duluth woman is hiking 1,000-plus miles on the Ice Age Trail this winter

She could be the second person ever to finish a winter-thru hike of the Wisconsin trail.

coronavirus, covid-19, icu

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Tuesday, January 19

Two days in a row with fewer than 1,000 new cases.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 10.52.12 AM

After fire destroyed their house, couple forced to euthanize beloved dog

The couple's daughter has launched a fundraiser for her parents.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 10.16.14 AM

Investigation after teacher accused of lewd act during distance learning

No charges have been filed yet and the staff member has not been identified.

Related

Screen Shot 2020-04-13 at 3.52.24 PM

Major fire burning restaurant, stores in Grand Marais

Among those affected is the Crooked Spoon.

Screen Shot 2020-01-28 at 2.06.57 PM

Huge fire destroys bakery in Blooming Prairie

The Bakery has been open in Blooming Prairie for 39 years.

Screen Shot 2019-02-22 at 7.43.14 AM

Fire destroys sushi and steak restaurant in Albertville

The fire was reported around 11 p.m. Thursday.

Fire destroys bar, home brewing store in Perham

The buildings were total losses, the bar owners say.

Fire destroys the only grocery store in Cook, Minnesota

Six fire departments were on the scene to contain the fire.

Vandalism grand marais

Grand Marais is being plagued by a serial vandal

Someone has been tagging vehicles across the city.

Wunderbar glamping

Wunderbar Glampground in Grand Marais closes, auction underway

The glampground has apparently closed and a bank-ordered liquidation is happening now.