Fire Destroys Iconic Barrow Restaurant

A Saturday morning fire has destroyed an iconic restaurant in Barrow, Alaska.

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by Associated Press

BARROW- A Saturday morning fire has destroyed an iconic restaurant in Barrow, Alaska.
Pepe's North of the Border burned to the ground and the fire caused extensive smoke damage to the adjacent hotel.
The chief adviser to North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower says no one was injured in the fire, but the restaurant was completely destroyed.
Richard Camilleri says the fire also appears to have damaged the adjacent, 50-room Top of the World Hotel. Guests were evacuated during the fire, but have been allowed to return to retrieve their belongings.
Pepe's was founded in 1978 by Fran Tate, who had originally moved to Barrow for an electrical engineering job with the National Petroleum Reserve.
The 83-year-old Tate still owns the 130-seat restaurant, but no longer manages it.