Roof Blaze Won’t Close Hank’s on the Hill for Long

Posted January 17, 2013 at 5:32pm

Oyster-lovers, rest easy. The fire at the Pennsylvania Avenue location of Hank’s Oyster Bar early this morning didn’t cause any damage that would force the eatery to close for long.

The building suffered “minimal” damage, a spokeswoman for the restaurant said, and it looks as if it could be up and running — or “up and shucking” as they say at Hank’s — in a matter of days.

Hank’s was planning to be open extended hours over inauguration weekend. While that plan is off the table now, the restaurant could reopen in time for Inauguration Day festivities.

According to the spokeswoman, there was “a small fire on the roof” in the wee hours of the morning. The cause is still unknown.

Initial reports claimed that one person suffered minor injuries, but HOH has confirmed that everyone at Hank’s is safe and well — including neighboring buildings, which suffered no fire damage.