The Harris Grill: We Don’t Have to Worry About Fires!
The Harris Grill is a mainstay of Shadyside, with hipster style to go with its hipster clientele. The menu features a variety of delicious cuisine. Much of the delectable delights are derived from standard bar food, except with quality ingredients and snarky, choke-inducing puns (examples: Cheeses of Nazareth and Britney Spears).
Wait – that should all be in the past tense, since it was gutted by a blazing inferno on Saturday. Sadly, no hipsters were harmed in the fire.
I’m being snarky myself, but I think the owners and operators of the Grill kind of deserve it. It’s an extraordinarily good thing that nobody was injured, since it could have easily happened differently.
Inexcusably, the Harris Grill had no smoke detectors.
Firefighters found a wooden fire escape and the top floor in flames when they arrived about 10:15 p.m. Saturday. After not finding the stairs, fire crews were forced to leave the building and switch to Plan B.
Note: they didn’t find any stairs to the floor that was on fire because there weren’t any. The firefighters’ Plan B involved poking holes in the roof, among other things. So not only were the patrons of Harris Grill in danger, the brave folks entrusted to put the fire out were in danger, too.
I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that perhaps we have municipal fire codes for a reason.
The owners of the Grill have vowed to rebuild. With luck, they’ll have the foresight to install $5 devices that might keep its patrons safe from another accident.
Also, note the sad coincidence embedded in delicious, pan-seared irony: the unaltered logo of the Harris Grill.
NOTE (08/15/2007): The sentence that reads “I’m being snarky myself, but I think the owners and operators of the Grill kind of deserve it” follows standard sentence structure. The noun “it” refers to “snarky.” I in no way intended to suggest that the Harris Grill somehow deserved to be destroyed by fire. I apologize for the confusion.