Sunday morning fire ravages Velvet Rope, closes two other Oak Park businesses

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By Graham Johnston

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A fire Sunday morning has devastated one Oak Park business and temporarily closed two others.

According to one witness report, the fire broke out somewhere on the roof of 726-736 Lake St. about 6 a.m. That building, at the corner of Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street, houses Red Hen Bread, Klay Oven, Geppetto's Toy Box, Velvet Rope and Flat Top Stir-Fry Grill.

Velvet Rope appears to have taken the worst of the damage. The front windows have all been shattered and the view from the street looks as if the fire completely gutted the once chic Oak Park restaurant and cocktail lounge.

As of 12 p.m. police and fire investigators were still on the scene at Velvet Rope.

An email and Facebook posting from Geppetto's Toy Box co-owner Brandy Masoncup says the store sustained only a small amount of smoke damage. A subsequent Facebook posting says the store will be closed all of Sunday while a crew works to clean up the smoke damage.

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Posted: June 4th, 2012 8:16 AM

This is unfortunate. That's a nice strip of shops.

Oak Parker  

Posted: June 4th, 2012 6:14 AM

I sincerely hope this was not set on purpose. Live and let live - and this is no different than any other civil rights - black, women, ADA - Oak Park is great we accept each other.


Posted: June 3rd, 2012 9:41 PM

WGNTV is reporting that there was a break-in, nothing stolen, and "derogatory" comments written on the wall. Police wouldn't specify. It's beginning to shape up like an act of anti-gay domestic terrorism.

Meddling Kids  

Posted: June 3rd, 2012 7:59 PM

Can we assume that the other business closed that is mentioned in the lede is the Flattop?

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