Up In Smoke

Popular Montrose restaurant is temporarily closed after "minor" fire

Popular Montrose restaurant is temporarily closed after "minor" fire

Aladdin restaurant fire sign
A sign posted to the door of Aladdin restaurant indicated that it would remain closed until April 1. Photo by Elizabeth Rhodes
Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine exterior
Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine sits right at the corner of Westheimer Road and Montrose. Panoramio / Wolfgang Houston
Aladdin restaurant fire damage
Several items that seemed to have sustained fire damage were located behind the restaurant. Photo by Elizabeth Rhodes
Aladdin restaurant fire sign
Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine exterior
Aladdin restaurant fire damage

Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine, located at the busy corner of Montrose and Westheimer, has temporarily closed due to a fire that occurred over the weekend.

Several fire trucks were seen outside the restaurant around 8 a.m. on Saturday as police blocked off a number of intersections in the surrounding area. A spokesperson for the Houston Fire Department told CultureMap that the incident is currently under investigation and gave no further information.

A pile of fire damaged items were found sitting behind the restaurant on Monday as patrons, unaware of the situation, were surprised to find the restaurant closed.

A sign posted on the door of the establishment referred to the reason for its closure as "a minor fire accident" and indicated that the restaurant will reopen on April 1. The cafeteria-style restaurant, which serves a variety of Middle Eastern specialties and bakes its own pita bread in a brick oven, is a Montrose favorite.