Despite Fire, Boca and Sotto Open Tonight

( Downtown ) - The owner of Boca and Sotto restaurants on East 6th Street says both are open for dinner Wednesday night, despite a midday fire.

The Cincinnati Fire Department was called to a fire a Sotto around noon. Fire officials say the blaze started in the basement, where the restaurant has a ‘wood-fire’ cooking operation. Built up residue heated and caught fire in the restaurant’s exhaust system.

Crews had to tear down walls of Boca to get to the hot spots. It took fire personnel about 2 hours to expose and extinguish all the areas. Boca and Sotto share a wall.

Damage is estimated at $20,000. There are no reports of any injuries.