Repairs completed after kitchen fire, Rio City Cafe to reopen Friday

Old Sacramento's Rio City Cafe will reopen Friday, 10 days after suffering damage from a kitchen fire.

Owner Stephanie Miller said damage from the Aug. 18 fire was limited to the kitchen, and city inspectors signed off on the repairs Thursday. The restaurant will open at 4 p.m., in time for the Friday night diners.

The fire erupted about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 18 at the restaurant, which overlooks the Sacramento River at 1110 Front St. Smoke and flames were spotted by an employee at a neighboring restaurant. Fire officials said the fire on the kitchen range set off a built-in overhead fire suppressant system.

Miller said the 10-day closure for cleanup and repairs was the restaurant’s first unscheduled closure in 21 years.