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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 02/26/2009

Polly's Cafe Sparks Fears of Flames

By Fritz Hahn

U Street was briefly closed down last night after the fire department received a report of a fire at Polly's Cafe. "Someone saw sparks coming off the roof," says Polly's owner Cici Mukhtar. "They didn't realize we had a working fireplace and that's where they were coming from. So they called it in to the fire department."

Multiple fire trucks, including a hook and ladder, arrived on the scene. "The whole block was blocked off," Mukhtar says. "They broke down the back door to the kitchen, they broke down the door to the top-floor apartment to see if it was on fire."

It wasn't.

"They came down sheepishly and said, 'We're very sorry, ma'am, there was nothing,'" Mukhtar says.

Polly's is open for business as usual -- who doesn't love the $2 happy hour? -- though a new door is needed.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | February 26, 2009; 12:22 PM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Restaurants  
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Wow. That's a shame. Because if they did burn down, I'd have to find a new place with lousy overpriced food and surly service, and I can't keep going to Saint Ex. Why Pollys is still in business I have no idea.

Posted by: monkeyrotica | February 26, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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