Mehran Cafe closed after fire, pending GW inspection

Investigators gather outside Mehran Cafe on Pennsylvania Avenue after extinguishing a kitchen fire Saturday. Becky Crowder | Senior Staff Photographer

The Indian restaurant along Pennsylvania Avenue will remain closed until further notice after a kitchen fire brought in fire crews Saturday night.

Zahib Abbasi, owner of Mehran Cafe, said the restaurant faces minor water damage after several trucks hosed down the flames. No injuries were reported.

Before the cafe can reopen in its University-owned townhouse, GW officials will need to assess the damage, D.C. Fire and EMS Captain Eric McGuire said. The University then decides how to move forward with any needed repairs, McGuire said.

Mehran Cafe, located at 2138 Pennsylvania Avenue, is one of several University tenants that will move out in the next few years to make way for a sleek new GW office building.

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