Fire alarm at Curt’s Café


Evanston firefighters responded to an alarm shortly after 2 p.m. Wednesday at Curt’s Café, a popular eatery on Central Street, just west of Lincolnwood Drive.

An electrical malfunction had caused a small amount of smoke to rise from an electrical connection in the kitchen area of the café, according to an employee, and as a precautionary measure they called 9-1-1.

EFD responded immediately from their station a half-block away, and equipment arrived from other stations as well.

A firefighter briefs employees in front of the cafe at Central Street near Lincolnwood Drive.

The malfunction occurred after the noon lunch rush, when there were few customers inside the one-floor facility.

Employees said there was no fire and no injuries.

By 3 p.m., the café was back in business.

The café was in the news recently when its executive director, Susan Trieschmann, was given a key to the city by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl at a City Council meeting for her work in training at-risk young people for work in the restaurant business.


Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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