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Small Weekend Fires Reported at Pepe Bocca and Diesel in Somerville

An Italian specialty shop and a coffee shop in Somerville had small fires, and the former is temporarily shut down.

Pepe Bocca
Pepe Bocca

Pepe Bocca in Somerville is temporarily closed after a small fire damaged a front window, according to a post in the Davis Square LiveJournal community. A sign on the restaurant's window reads: "Closed due to fire. Sorry for inconvenience. Will be open as soon as possible."

A call to Pepe Bocca was unanswered, but the restaurant's voicemail message said it would be closed for one to two weeks due to "a small electrical fire." Pepe Bocca plans to update its voicemail message with more details on a specific re-opening date as the restaurant undergoes repairs.

The fire reportedly occurred Saturday night. A Hungry Onion user said the food preparation space was not damaged, and the Somerville Fire Department responded to fight the flames. No one was injured. The City of Somerville has reportedly authorized construction permits to repair the damage.

Pepe Bocca opened under a year ago, a rebirth of Sessa's Cold Cuts under new ownership, and it has quickly gained a following for its prepared foods, including pizza and arancini.

Diesel Cafe, around the corner from Pepe Bocca, also reported a small fire on Saturday night but did not have significant damage and remains open.

Pepe Bocca

414 Highland Avenue, , MA 02144 (617) 776-6687 Visit Website

Diesel Cafe

257 Elm Street, , MA 02144 (617) 629-8717 Visit Website