Fire Closes Wolfgang Puck’s Cut at the Rosewood Until December


A fire in the kitchen of the Rosewood Hotel’s Cut Restaurant shut down the entire hotel on Oct. 10. The hotel is back in operation after a brief evacuation because of smoke conditions, but its restaurant and bar will be closed until Dec. 1.

The fire, due to a mechanical failure, was confined to the kitchen, but affected the ducts of the building at 1050 31st St. NW, next to the C&O Canal. No one was injured.

The Rosewood’s restaurant — Cut by Wolfgang Puck — opened to much fanfare at the end of July, after the hotel was renovated.

The following is a statement by Rosewood: “Rosewood Washington D.C.’s kitchen is currently closed for renovation through November 30, 2019. During this time, CUT Restaurant, Bar and Lounge will be unavailable, including in-room dining. We are pleased to offer a complimentary Continental Breakfast buffet station daily in the lobby’s Library from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.”

The fire took 90 minutes to knock down as firefighters worked through the kitchen.

The D.C. Fire & EMS Department issued the following alerts on Oct. 10: “Box Alarm 1000 block 31st St NW. Labor intensive operation to expose hidden fire in extensive duct system. Additional Engine, Truck, EMS resources and canteen unit requested to assist.”  Fire under control. We are providing relief for the first units that operated and sending them to rehab. Image shows initial smoke conditions when fire first ignited.

Chefs Andrew Skala and Wolfgang Puck in the kitchen of Cut restaurant at the Rosewood hotel on 31st Street in August. Photo by Robert Devaney.

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