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Fire destroys FRG eatery

Five O'Clock Steakhouse in Fox River Grove burned down early Sunday. No one was there at the time of the fire and an investigation was pending.
Five O'Clock Steakhouse in Fox River Grove burned down early Sunday. No one was there at the time of the fire and an investigation was pending.

FOX RIVER GROVE – The Five O’Clock Steakhouse in Fox River Grove was destroyed in a two-alarm fire early Sunday.

Firefighters were dispatched to an activated fire alarm at the steakhouse, at 1050 E. Northwest Highway. The restaurant was engulfed in flames when they arrived at 3:39 a.m., Fox River Grove fire Chief Robert Kreher said.

No one was injured in the fire.

It took firefighters until 7 a.m. to put out the fire. The building is considered a total loss, Kreher said.

Just the frame of the restaurant remained standing Sunday afternoon. The roof and most of the walls had caved in. A lone Fox River Grove fire engine and crew sprayed water on the building and picked through the remains.

The Fox River Grove Police Department and state fire marshals are investigating the cause of the fire.

Firefighters from departments in Cary, Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Barrington, Lake Zurich, Lakewood, McHenry, Nunda, Palatine Rural, and Wauconda responded.

The Salvation Army also responded with assistance for firefighters.

Frequent diners Art and Karen Rubin of Woodstock didn’t learn of the fire until they arrived at the steakhouse about 5 p.m. Sunday with a gift certificate to celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary.

Art Rubin said he was glad no one was hurt. He lauded the restaurant’s staff, noting “they would bend over backward” to satisfy customers.

The fire briefly rekindled around 7 p.m. Sunday and was spotted by a passing motorist. The flames were quickly doused, fire officials said.

Seven months ago, another fire at the steakhouse caused about $10,000 in damages. Fox River Grove firefighters responded to a report of a fire on the east side of the building about 10: 30 p.m. on Dec. 28, 2008. They were able to put out that fire in three minutes.

Five O’Clock Steakhouse opened in 2006 at the site of the former Gazebo Grill. At that time, Gazebo Grill co-owner Ruben Garcia had re-opened the rehabbed restaurant with partner George Kalkounos, co-owner of The 5 O’Clock Club in Milwaukee and Chicago Prime Steakhouse in Schaumburg. The renovated space was once a private home. It featured a large bar and dining room ringed with windows, dark wood-paneled walls, old-fashioned lantern fixtures, and 100-year-old fireplaces.

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