From management via email today:
Yesterday's kitchen fire at YaYa's was completely contained within the cooking vent system and created no real smoke or water damage to the other portions of the restaurant.
Specific damages were limited to that particular equipment and the area of the roof that houses the ventilation system.
Contrary to one published report, the automatic sprinkler for the vent system DID function properly, which clearly saved the fire from spreading and causing extensive damage to the restaurant.
Management has met with construction personnel today and have already begun the process of repairs. Staff has been instructed to makes plans to re-open YaYa's on Monday, July 2--just in time for the holiday week.
Customers may get updates on repairs progress by following YaYa's Euro Bistro on Facebook.
Original Story (Wednesday, 1:15 p.m.):
A kitchen fire forced the evacuation of 60 people from inside a West Little Rock restaurant this afternoon.
Fire department crews were called to Ya Ya's in The Promenade at Chenal around one o'clock.
No injuries were reported.
The source of the fire was in the kitchen vent.
A restaurant staffer told KARK 4 News that Ya Ya's just rolled out a new menu today.