Downtown's Agave shuttered by evening fire

by Heather Miller

UPDATE: Agave tables and chairs have been moved to Trynd, its sister restaurant and next-door neighbor. Agave's drink and food menu will be served at Trynd until the Mexican grill is reopened.

Firefighters have contained a blaze at downtown favorite Agave Mexican Grill and Cantina that severely damaged the restaurant's kitchen.

Agave owner Nidal Balbeisi says the fire started shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday in a trash can near the rear entrance to the kitchen. The kitchen sustained some damage, he says. No one has been allowed back into the building yet.

"Fortunately we were able to get everybody out," Balbeisi says. "No one was hurt."

Agave will continue to serve its food and drink menu from Trynd, Balbeisi's neighboring Italian restaurant. Weekend reservations and dinner parties at Agave can still be served next door. Call Trynd at 704-0999 to move reservations.