Fire destroys iconic restaurant DP’s Pub and Seafood Grill in Garfield

The fire started just after 2:30 a.m. on the first floor, before spreading to the second. Two people who lived above the restaurant and a firefighter were treated for smoke inhalation.

Amanda Eustice

Apr 12, 2024, 9:39 PM

Updated 43 days ago


Blown-out windows, charred siding and debris are all that remains of DP's Pub and Seafood Grill in Garfield. The business that's been sitting on the corner of River Drive and Morris Avenue for more than 50 years went up in flames Friday morning.
“Terrible, heartbroken. It's just a great place. You know it's part of Garfield," said Stuart Cameron, who stopped by to see the damage.
Cameron says he has been visiting for nearly 40 years.
"My wife said, ‘We have to go back in and get dinner again,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, maybe this weekend we'll go,’ but I guess we're not going now," he said.
The fire started just after 2:30 a.m. on the first floor, before spreading to the second. Police say two people who lived on the second floor were forced out and treated for smoke inhalation.
One firefighter was also transported to a local hospital for heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation.
Garfield Mayor Richard Rigoglioso says the city didn't just lose a business in the fire, but a landmark for many in the community.
"It's been around since the 1900s as a pub. DP since 1970. They're known for their seafood and their garlic fries. People from all over Bergen County come here. They are ranked a few years in a row. I was one of the top 10 dive bars that you could find where you get great food and great hospitality," said Rigoglioso.
The mayor says he plans to help the owner and employees who worked here, as well as the people who lived above the restaurant.
It's still unclear if the owner will rebuild but many in the community hope so.
"DP's was a place where you developed great memories and forged great friendships. So we're hoping that it comes back to the city of Garfield," Rigoglioso said.
"I hope they redo it. It just won't look the same again inside. you just can't replace that look that it had," said Cameron.
There is still no word on what caused the fire.

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