On New Year's Eve just after 8 p.m., a kitchen fire broke out at Crickets Bar on E. Midlothian Blvd.

"It destroyed all of our kitchen equipment, our grill, our hood, everything is completely damaged," said Amanda Piatt, Crickets Bar Manager. 

The bar has to temporarily close to repair the kitchen equipment and until the insurance company can come out.

The damage costs about $15,000 to replace.

While no one was hurt, the bar says this closure comes at an inconvenient time when the first weekend of the new year typically brings in a huge crowd.

"This is our biggest weekend," Piatt said. "With the Ohio State game and the Steelers game. We have giant events and things that always pertain around this weekend and now we'll be losing because of that."

But COVID-19 restrictions hasn't stopped Crickets Bar. They say they're fortunate to have a decent-sized crowd through the pandemic and say they've been successful with business.

"As soon as we're allowed to be back up and running, we're going to be right back to normal," said Becky Mercer, Crickets Bar Manager. "Our customers love us and we love them and we're very fortunate we've been able to survive during this pandemic."

There is no set date on when the bar will reopen.

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