Fire Shuts Down Genny’s BBQ

Sad news out of East Oakland, via Chowhound: Genny’s BBQ (6637 Bancroft Ave.), reviewed favorably in The Express just two weeks ago, has been shut down due to a kitchen fire.

Chef Virginia Roberson, a first-time business owner, told me the fire took place last Friday morning. A chimney flue attached to one of the restaurant’s smokers caught on fire while she was in the kitchen cooking. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but in order to extinguish the blaze, the fire department ended up putting a hole in the roof.

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