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Firefighters Battle Restaurant Blaze in Crystal City

by ARLnow.com March 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm 6,377 38 Comments

(Updated at 3:35 p.m.) Arlington County, Alexandria and Fort Myer firefighters are battling a restaurant fire in Crystal City.

A fire that broke out in the kitchen of the Matsutake Hibachi Steak and Sushi restaurant (320 23rd Street S.) spread to the duct work, making firefighting efforts more difficult than usual. Half an hour after the initial fire dispatch, no flames could be seen from inside the restaurant but light smoke was still billowing out of the doors and vents.

A crowd of onlookers gathered to watch the fire response. S. Clark Street has been shut down at 23rd Street due to emergency equipment in the roadway. Meanwhile, smoky conditions have been reported in the nearby Buchanan apartment building as a result of the fire.

As of 3:35 p.m., firefighters were starting to pack up their gear and most of the smoke had dissipated.

Update at 4:55 p.m. — Per Arlington Alerts, S. Clark Street has reopened.

  • Brian K

    Is this in that Archstone building?

    • WeiQiang

      The erstwhile Buchanan. Yes.

      • ArlForester

        I thought it changed management.


    Are you sure that is on 23rd street. FREDTERP

    • WeiQiang

      Officially it’s 23rd, because of the bldg it’s in. Functionally, it’s Clark St..

  • Really

    I thought sushi was uncooked.

    • PUP

      steak! although i prefer my steak cooked as little as possible.

      • drax


        • DERPTERP


  • CW

    Onion volcano gone horribly, horribly wrong?

    • BC

      You beat me to it.

  • novasteve

    At least nobody can smoke cigarettes there, nothing to fear!

    • drax

      So smoke inhalation isn’t bad for you?


    Never mind. Yelp says another location is in Rosslyn? FREDTERP


      Ballston BALLSTON

      • PUP

        PUP PUP

        • nunya

          there’s an echo in here.
          there’s an echo in here.

        • TORN

          Do we want an explanation or not? TORN

  • South Awwwlington

    2301 Jeff Davis – Next to the ABC store..Legal and Chilis…


    I’m told fire alarms in the building upstairs, the Buchanan (which is no longer Archstone, as of last week) did NOT go off, which is either a little disconcerting or a sign that it wasn’t a big deal.

    • SamsontheCat

      Who owns the Buchanan now? Is this a sign that Archstone is losing its control of CC?

      • JASDCA

        Gates Hudson is the new management company (same as Crystal Plaza).

  • Balzton

    Nice Audi R8 in the background.

    • yup

      thats what i was going to comment on

    • MC 703

      Caught my eye 1st too

    • CrystalMikey

      Somebody move that poor baby!

    • JamesE

      I approve of white sports cars

    • Glebe Roader

      Oh, I thought you were talking about the lady in blue in image 8…


      Same guy parks there every day. DERPTERP

    • HayCaramba

      I can’t believe they didn’t get the joy of running a fire hose through the windows of the R8!

  • Quoth the Raven

    Thank goodness the Crystal City Restaurant is OK!!!!

    • nunya

      we wouldn’t want those strippers homeless.

      or poleless.

  • sweetride

    Dude that car is HOT!

  • Arlington Resident

    I live in Crystal Plaza (formerly Archstone) across the street which is also now owned by Gates Hudson . As bad as Archstone was, GH is ten times worse!

    • JASDCA


  • meh

    streets back open yet?

  • T.G.E.0.A….

    Rough day in A town. Corpses galore and fires.

  • David Eisen

    A while back I contacted the health department about this place when it was named Boru Asia Bistro. I always wonder about restaurant fires, and why they always seem to happen to businesses about to go out of business. I only remember one occasion in NJ, where a successful diner burned down (they opened a new diner in 2 months, same location, exactly like the old one, still open to this day)

    Mr. Eisen;

    My name is Ricardo Uribe and I am an Environmental Health Specialist with Arlington County Health Department. We have received your concern regarding cockroaches in Boru Asia Bistro located at 320 S 23rd St.
    Upon inspection of the restaurant, several live cockroaches were found in walls, floors and behind equipment, in cracks and crevices. No roaches where found on food contact surfaces or near food though. Mouse dropping were also found throughout the establishment pretty much everywhere. Several fruit flies in different areas added to the mix.
    The establishemnt informed me that they are going to change to a new pest control company because they have already had problems with the current one.
    As a measure of correction of the current situation, for the next 2 months, the new pest control company will come and treat the restaurant at least every other week until problem is under control. The restaurant manager will call me on Monday the 25th of July, after first visit of new pest control company, to inform me of findings and he will stay in touch with me to make sure things are working fine. I want to let you know that I will reinspect the restaurant after one month has passed.
    Thank you for your time. I hope we have addressed your concern and please don’t hesitate to email me or call me should you have any questions. Take care and have a great day.

    Ricardo Uribe
    Environmental Health Specialist
    Department Of Human Services
    Arlington County Government


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