Fire destroys Blue Room Restaurant and Bar in Edina

The remains of the Blue Room Restaurant and Bar continued to smolder late Thursday morning.
The remains of the Blue Room Restaurant and Bar continued to smolder late Thursday morning.(WGEM)
Published: Dec. 8, 2022 at 11:00 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2022 at 11:01 AM CST
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EDINA, Mo. (WGEM) - An early morning fire has destroyed the Blue Room Restaurant and Bar in Edina, Missouri.

Resident Lindsey Howe, who lives right behind the fire said she was awoken at 4:30 a.m. after her boyfriend’s father informed her that he saw smoke.

“My boyfriend’s dad....has to go through here,” Howe said. He thought that it was our house that was on fire.”

Howe said she frequents The Blue Room Restaurant and Bar, and knows every employee. She has also worked there off and on for many years and her boyfriend is a cook.

“It’s just crazy to think there’s nothing left,” she said. “And some people... this was their only job.”

Edina Police Chief Ryan Bishop said the Edina Fire Department was called just before 3 a.m. Thursday to a fire at 105 S 4th St. in Edina.

Firefighters continued to work on hot spots late into the morning Thursday.

Firefighters have not yet determined a cause: however, first responders believe it started in the kitchen area.

Bishop said, no one was injured in the fire.

According to Echo Menges at The Edina Sentinel, the Knox County Chamber of Commerce held a free-will donation meal at the Knox County Community Center on Thursday at 5 p.m.

Menges said, although the meal had already been scheduled, proceeds went to help the 19 employees of the Blue Room. She said they raised more than $7,000. You can still donate to the “Blue Room Staff Fund” at the United State Bank in Edina and Citizens Bank of Edina.

Resident and Jared’s Jams business owner, Dan Niemeyer said in such a small community the word is out and he and others plan to make a donation so employees can have a paycheck ahead of the holidays.

“Just trying to be supportive of each other in times like this” Niemeyer said.

The Blue Room posted to Facebook around 7 a.m. that they would “be back.”

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