The damage from a two-alarm fire could close the Maverick restaurant for six months to a year, said owner Mike Pierce.
The fire erupted in the three-story building, located at 3316 17th St. in the Mission, early Friday morning. This afternoon, the faint smell of smoke still lingered outside the restaurant. Burnt wood planks and pieces of broken glass were piled on the curb outside the building.
No one was injured in the blaze, but the restaurant and apartment units above are uninhabitable for now, said Pierce.
“It had enough damage where all the tenants had to move out,” he said. “A lot of that was smoke and water, and part of it was the fire men doing their thing.”
Investigators are still assessing the incident, but the fire appears to have started on a stovetop in the kitchen, said Pierce.
He said employees turned the gas off when they left for the night, but a fire inspector noticed the nobs seemed to be turned on. It’s possible that a janitor accidentally turned the stove on after hours, he said.
Maverick opened eight years ago, and has since gained a dedicated following among its Mission neighbors and San Francisco foodies.
“People will definitely miss it,” said Dan Yada, who was walking by the boarded-up restaurant today.
Yada went to college with Pierce, and he’s watched the owners build up Maverick and expand the menu since it opened, he said.
“To see that all go up in smoke is devastating,” Yada said.