Michael Forbes Bar & Grille will reopen in June after last night’s fire

The good news is that restaurateur Forbes Cross thinks his three-year-old Brookside restaurant, Michael Forbes Bar & Grille, at 128 West 63rd Street, will reopen in June, after last night’s fire shut down the popular neighborhood venue.

The bad news?

“We’ll be closed during our two busiest weekends of the year,” says Cross. “The Brookside Art Fair and Mother’s Day.”

An electric panel in the restaurant’s basement caught fire at around 11 p.m. last night, Cross says, but the automatic alarm system alerted the fire department before the restaurant’s bartender could even call 911.

“Our bartender was calling 911 and looked up and the fire trucks were already here,” he says.

Most of the fire damage, Cross adds, was in the basement of the building. The dining room suffered smoke damage, which will require replacing fabrics and upholstery.

Cross says the restaurant, which successfully replaced the venerable Sharp’s restaurant in 2012, has been steadily increasing its profits. Losing out on the two busiest weekends in May will hurt, he says, “but we’re planning a grand-opening event for June.”

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