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Fire destroys restaurant in Cudahy

No injuries in blaze at Layton Garden

Firefighters from Cudahy, St. Francis and 10 other departments battle a fire Monday night at Layton Garden Restaurant and Lounge in Cudahy.

Firefighters from Cudahy, St. Francis and 10 other departments battle a fire Monday night at Layton Garden Restaurant and Lounge in Cudahy. Photo By John Klein

June 9, 2009

Cudahy – Firefighters from about a dozen departments fought a fire that raged for hours at a landmark Cudahy restaurant Monday night, authorities said.

The fire at Layton Garden Restaurant and Lounge, 3107 E. Layton Ave., was reported about 8:40 p.m., according to Cudahy police. Flames were shooting out of the building more than two hours later.

No injuries were reported, but the structure appeared to be gutted.

The restaurant, for many years known as Selen's House of Prime Rib, is now owned by former Milwaukee County Supervisor Peter Agnos. Agnos was at the scene but referred questions to restaurant manager Deborah Gray.

Gray said about 30 employees worked at the restaurant and Agnos has operated it for about eight months. She said employees left after closing the business about 8:30 p.m. and that nothing unusual was noted.

She said the hostess for the restaurant drove past about 8:40 p.m. and noticed smoke.

Cudahy Mayor Ryan McCue said he ate at the restaurant Sunday.

"This restaurant is a landmark in the city of Cudahy and for Milwaukee County," McCue said.

"They were doing very, very well. It was a very popular, successful restaurant," he said.

"The owner, Peter Agnos, was a very good businessman in our community. He really worked hard here," McCue said. "He put his heart and soul into this restaurant. It's very sad to see this happen."

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