‘Chris’s Fish Bar’ reopens in Chiswick after last month’s fire

Images above: outside Chris’s Fish Shop

By Matt Smith

Thursday 30 July 2020 saw the reopening of ‘Chris’s Fish Bar’ in Chiswick after a devastating fire broke out last month.

The beloved chippy on Turnham Green Terrace is heralded by many locals and celebrities including Ant McPartlin, James May and even visited by prime minister, Boris Johnson. Since the fire, it has now undergone a complete redesign.

When the fire began on 15 June 2020, four fire engines and 25 firefighters were called to the scene. The fire completely consumed the ground floor and signage to the shop, leaving the Chris’s interior that had remained the same over 48 years, destroyed.

Image above: the fish bar after the fire.

‘Rebuilding our shop was challenging’

Whilst there was no damage to neighbouring properties, Simon Johnson, who is the leaseholder for both premises, told The Chiswick Calendar:

“We were lucky that these properties are pretty sturdily built, and nothing came through. It was a full-on fire though.” he said.

Fire crews were at the scene shortly before 11:00am, and the fire took an hour to be completely put out.

Chris’ chip shop manager Roger said:

‘Whilst rebuilding our shop was challenging, especially during these difficult times, we have worked tirelessly since the fire to achieve a successful reopening.

‘For those who have been visiting Chris’s over the years, you will recognise us from our traditional blue and yellow colours and the large mermaid mirror inside. We have tried to rebuild and modernise those same features, opting for brighter LED signage and an ethereal blue mermaid inside.

Images above:  new decor inside

‘Dome shaped lighting and fishes on the ceiling give our new fish and chippie a ‘ship-like’ feel and we have fitted more comfortable seating for our customers wishing to dine in under the new Government social distancing guidelines.

‘As well as this, we have added new menu items including chicken burgers, fish fillet burgers, calamari bean burgers, whilst maintaining our same original menu. We plan to reopen on Thursday 30 July 2020, and resume Deliveroo orders immediately after reopening.

‘We want to thank our customers for their well wishes and loyalty to our chippie over the past 48 years. Your support has kept our business thriving, and we cannot wait to serve you our fresh fish and chips again soon. We also wanted to thank the fire crews from Chiswick, Acton, Hammersmith and Richmond fire stations who tackled the blaze so swiftly and bravely. Due to their efficiency, nobody was injured during the blaze. Thank you and we hope to see you soon.’

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