WOODLAWN — Harold’s Chicken Shack No. 2 was demolished Monday after being devastated by a fire on July 15.
The restaurant at 6419 S. Cottage Grove Ave. and the neighboring Faye’s Flowers were gutted by an early morning fire on July 15. And by Monday morning, wrecking crews had already reduced what was left of the building to its foundation.
The cause of the fire was not immediately clear, but it so devastated the building that it was torn down within a week.
The Harold’s location had been praised in the past as one of the best of the Chicago chicken chain in the city by food critics.
Harold’s corporate office did not return calls for comment. The owner of the restaurant and the owner of the building could not be reached for comment.
It’s unclear the provenance of the Harold’s, which claimed to be the first franchise location when it took the No. 2 name.
Though the building had two floors of apartments above the shops, they were unoccupied, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
There were no reported injuries in the fire, the fire department said.
The owner of Faye’s could not be reached for comment.