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Fire burns popular Raleigh restaurant

Posted September 23, 2013

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— Firefighters responded to an early morning blaze Monday that heavily damaged a popular eatery on Wake Forest Road in Raleigh.

The fire was reported at 6:45 a.m. at 2414 Wake Forest Road, the site of Bali-Hai restaurant.

The large volume of smoke billowing from the building reduced visibility and prompted authorities to shut down for about an hour part of the roadway from Creekside Drive to East Whittaker Mill Road.

Rob Johnson, division chief with the Raleigh Fire Department, said the building was unoccupied and no injuries were reported. He said firefighters initially went inside the building to fight the flames, but they had to retreat because it was too dangerous.

The cause remains under investigation, but authorities said it appears to be accidental.

Jody Joyner was on his way to work in downtown Raleigh when he turned off six Forks Road and saw smoke in the distance.

"The closer I got to the area of smoke, I could tell it didn't look right," he said. "Once I got to the building, there was smoke pouring out the top and up from under the sides."

Joyner said he immediately called 911.

Isaac Park, who owns the Chinese-Mongolian restaurant with his sister, said he plans to rebuild the family restaurant, which he took over about six years ago.

The fire is the fifth disaster at the restaurant, which has been open for more than 30 years.

"This is not the first time we've come across difficulties," he said. "So, we're pretty good at bouncing back."

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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Sep 24, 1:12 p.m.

    dream, I don't think this is the end. I heard they'll be back.

  • living the dream Sep 24, 12:31 p.m.

    They survived 2 hurricane/floods, but I guess this is the end. Maybe they will rebuild. Been eating there for years. Sad.

  • jcthai Sep 24, 12:08 p.m.

    Deacons, AMEN! Good food, yes. Sanitary, eh, not so much.

  • kateyezkateyez Sep 24, 11:30 a.m.

    I don't remember it being an Andy Griffith restaurant but it was an Arby's for many years.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Sep 24, 11:08 a.m.

    Thanks for the video, Damiens. I enjoyed that, and will share it with some people.

  • Damien Thorned Sep 24, 10:36 a.m.

    Found an episode of a locally done culinary show that featured Bali Hai on an episode. This gives you an idea of what it is if you have never been here. The inside has been different for years, but you get the idea. This is for people that have never been here.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2u-7krI2ag

    Check it out.

  • jfoster789 Sep 23, 5:31 p.m.

    So sad to see this this morning! Have loved their food for more years than I care to admit! We ate there so much while I was pregnant, they gave us a baby gift! Love Isaac and his sister and hope they build back soon!!

  • rmsmith Sep 23, 5:30 p.m.

    Absolutely awesome food !

  • Willie_11 Sep 23, 4:23 p.m.

    Been eating there since the early 90's. Love Bali Hai.

  • Pepe Silvia Sep 23, 3:24 p.m.

    Driven by there plenty of times, but never at a meal time so it never occurred to me to go eat there.... after seeing all the comments on here, as well as quite a few very upset friends posts on facebook, I really hope they rebuild so I can try it! Apparently I've been missing out!

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