I checked Scene archives to confirm this strange coincidence as this week's fire is investigated: Table 3's predecessor, Bistro 215, was shuttered by fire almost exactly five years ago.
Meanwhile, Table 3's owners have set up a job board for the approximately 75 people who are out of work as the restaurant begins to repair and rebuild. Check www.table3nashville.com/work, where at this writing eight restaurants have posted openings.
So here's the weird historic twist: Bistro 215 was closed for several weeks in 2006 after a fire that happened in early January. The Scene's Kay West gave a progress report on that restaurant's reopening in late February of 2006, with details on how the business was reinventing itself after the fire, with a new chef, new staff and menu changes.
(Despite some really amazing efforts, Bistro 215 closed three years later, in early January 2009.)
The fire in 2006 was identified as a kitchen fire. We don't have many facts yet on the fire that hit Table 3 on Tuesday, shutting it down for what is expected to be weeks of repair and rebuilding.
Yesterday, co-owner Elise Loehr — who set up the job board to spread word about her "crew of good people, both front and back of house, that will need jobs immediately" — told me she couldn't discuss details of the fire pending a report from the fire marshal.
Today, another co-owner, Wendy Burch, issued Table 3's first public statement on the fire, stressing that the restaurant will reopen eventually and that the cause of the fire was still under investigation.
“We are very grateful for the Nashville Fire Department’s quick response in the early morning hours of Jan. 4, and we’re still working with them to determine the cause of the fire,” Burch said. “Unfortunately, Table 3 will have to close its doors temporarily for repairs. Although the time frame is uncertain, we will definitely reopen the restaurant as soon as possible.”
She added: “This is a difficult time for everyone at Table 3, and we can’t thank the community and our customers enough for the outpouring of support.”