Friday, November 21, 2008

Fireside Restaurant Burns Down?!?!?

Oh nooooooo! This was not what I was expecting as the top item on my google reader this morning! Fireside, the restaurant on Hope St. I've been dragged to once a month since meeting my husband four years ago, was destroyed last night in a blaze reported at 1:30 am. I'm not going to miss their food- well, maybe their excellent french fries- but my husband and his friends love/loved this place for its wings and casual atmosphere. I certainly hope the resto will rebuild.

Last night, Fireside and Capriccio were the two dinner options presented to me. My husband loves Fireside, but I always end eating an entire burger and fries smothered in ketchup, then I feel gross. We went to Capriccio, since I was meeting up with fellow bloggers downtown anyway. I got the penne arrabiata- red sauce made with spicy peppers, yum!- and it was outrageously good. (The not-huge portion makes it healthy.) Still, I feel a little bad my husband did not get to go to Fireside one last time. He loves their ribs, wings, and burgers... but would it be creepy to have the food of a burnt-down resto in your bowels? A little creepy, right?

Good luck to Fireside! I hope they rebuild soon. In the meantime, I'll try the other resto owned by the same people as Fireside, a little further up Hope St across from Twin Rinks, called Vinny's Backyard and BBQ. I hear their pizza is good!

26 comments:

Julie said...

Oh no! HB loves Fireside too and I do enjoy their wings, I must admit. Vinny's does have good pizza and a cute, kitschy atmosphere.

Anonymous said...

Vinny's and Fireside are way different and NOT owned by the same people. Fireside is not goig to be rebuilt because the people that owned Fireside are the ones that burnt it down...

Fireside had great burgers, ribs, wings, and fris.

Vinnys has great wings, pizza, and hot bartenders with great cleavage.

Anonymous said...

Just to be clear. The people that run Vinny's and Fireside are the same, but different people actually own the property. It is the actual owner's of the property where Fireside is located who burnt that piece down.

Always Home and Uncool said...

What! We were just there Tuesday! Thing 1 loves their ribs; I do, too, but they are (were) pricey except on buy one rack get another at half price Tuesday's. Dang it.

gms said...

One of those places I always meant to check out.

I'm guessing I missed my chance.


Restaurants do tend to burn down with greater frequency than other businesses, but I hate to think it was torched for the cash.

Mr. Z said...

Ah, another addition to my list of places (hello Dunn's Loft!) that I always meant to visit but never actually made it there.

Too bad.

Been to Vinny's once, seemed like a decent place.

My mind just isn't trained to think about going that direction for a meal...

Anonymous said...

The food was great at Fireside, the wait staff was lousy.

Fred said...

A sad day... I moved to Stamford 8 years ago and lived right across the street from Fireside for a couple of years. I loved their wings, burgers, ribs and the great neighborhood feel of the place. I now live a couple of miles from Springdale but could smell the fire like it was on my street. I hope they rebuild.

Anonymous said...

This is a great loss to Springdale -- a bar with great wings that is in walking distance of my house! Long live the 10¢ Wings!!

Irenesbooks said...

That's sad! I know Ernie from way back when he started working in his father's store, the Atlantic Market. It was a great store then . . . especially when Ernst Sr. still run it as a butcher's shop.

I wish him well.

Anonymous said...

Fireside was below average and the fact that people were impressed by it, proves Stamford dining is bleak.

gms said...

Not talking about fine dining here, mary sunshine, just a fun place.

Very different thing.

Anonymous said...

Stamford really needs a good pub with good food. fireside could have been that place but their food was bad, expensive and the place was dirty. Thats why they kept the lights so low.

I half expected Gordon Ramsey to walk from restaurant to restaurant in stamford and tell them they are overpriced with less than stellar food. I bring this up because fireside could just have easily been on that show.

Anonymous said...

Stamford needs several pubs, there are mostly frat bars and empty nester places. How about a bar, a pub a tavern!

Monster Bs and Casey's both suffice, but give us more, 2 is nothing.

Anonymous said...

Well, Tigin is a good pub, Tiernan's can be good too. At least better than Bobby V's.

Anonymous said...

Stamford dining is bleak??? Are you kidding??? Napa & Co. alone makes the dining scene in Stamford legit. Telluride, Market, Duo, Siena, Columbus Park, Ferrante, Mona Lisa, etc. etc. etc.

Stamford has the best food in CT.

patty said...

I agree with the prior comment. Stamford has great food.

Other adds to the list: Cafe Margot, Capital Grille, Garden Catering, the taco truck, Colony Pizza...

And I am excited for Barcelona to join the line-up.

East Sider said...

Anon, you need to get out of town to find a real pub or tavern in Stamford. Tigin and Tiernan's are trendy mock-pubs, like Hollywood sets (Tigin much more so than Tiernan's.)

If you want a real tavern or pub, you've got to go into a real neighborhood, where the people are. That's why Vinny's Backyard is a good pub - it attracts a crowd of neighborhood regulars.

Colony Grill is still a great tavern with a crowd of regulars on the bar side. In the same area, Fiddler's Green is a good pub, as is Brennan's -- both have crowds of neighborhood regulars.

And of course the ultimate Stamford tavern, a real honest-to-goodness neighborhood no BS tavern, is Burns' Tavern on Hamilton Ave in Glenbrook. No frills, no food, just booze.

gms said...

Oy, Burns.

The ultimate Irish dive bar. Smoke 'em if you got 'em, foding chairs and no extra charge for the filth.

It's the sort of bar I'm glad is there, as long as I don't have to go there very often.

I love dives, but Burns'?

They do have a noice selection of Irish, however, and a grand batch of shilalies above the bar.

Anonymous said...

You haven't truly lived in Stamford until you've had a drink at Burns'.

Shashew said...

I miss Fireside for the memories I had there. It was the place my husband and I would go for a nightcap of Baileys Christmas Eve after dinner, and where my co-workers met on the friday after 9/11 to light candles for the vigil and sing God Bless America. And stopping in after a softball game, meeting neighbors and their kids for a birthday dinner, or taking my son there for his first big-boy dinner with mom. It was that kind of spot. No stupid slurrers, not a pick up joint, the kind of place you could go with family or friends.

Morgan said...

I will be visiting Stamford from Ireland around Christmas with a family of 6 Can anybody tell me if there are restaurants offering good Family Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day or will everyplace close on that day - budget $50-$75 per head excl wine.

Anonymous said...

Try the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenwich, perhaps?

Anonymous said...

Wondering which hotel would be best for a family visiting Stamford for Christmas vacation? Would like some atmosphere and to be near what is on offer in the town. Have three young adult children with us.

Anonymous said...

The Holiday Inn Select is very nice and recently refurbished. The staff is great. It's on the outskirts of downtown, but still walking distance.

Jonathan "JR" said...

Survey says...ARSON!

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/ci_11259460