Fire Breaks Out in 'Paul's Boutique' Building on Lower East Side Made Famous By Beastie Boys

By Heather Grossmann on January 20, 2011 9:23pm | Updated on January 21, 2011 12:30am

A fire broke out at the restaurant Three Monkeys on the corner of Rivington and Ludlow streets Thursday night.
A fire broke out at the restaurant Three Monkeys on the corner of Rivington and Ludlow streets Thursday night.
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MANHATTAN — A fire broke out at a Lower East Side restaurant Thursday night in a building made famous by the Beastie Boys, the FDNY said.

The fire department received a call at 8:11 p.m. about a fire in the first floor of the Three Monkeys restaurant at 99 Rivington St. at Ludlow Street — the corner building featured on the cover of the Beastie Boys' seminal 1989 album "Paul's Boutique."

The fire was put out by 8:46 p.m., and no injuries were reported, the FDNY said.

"Another LES fire, Three Monkeys up in smoke," noted john_swaggerdap on Twitter.

The restaurant, which specializes in falafel wraps, is a popular place to eat after a night out, according to several posts on Yelp.com.

"Lets wrap! 3 monkeys! One of my favorite places to eat after getting drunk," one person posted.

The corner storefront at 99 Rivington Street was also once home to a restaurant named Paul's Boutique.

The FDNY did not have information on the cause of the fire.


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