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Mono+Mono's 30,000 Jazz Records Spared in Fire, Worker Says

By Ben Fractenberg | April 22, 2013 4:33pm

EAST VILLAGE — A fire that broke out at the popular East 4th Street eatery Mono+Mono did not damage the restaurant's collection of 30,000 jazz LPs, a worker said Monday.

Workers called the Fire Department when they noticed smoke coming from a wooden structure on the building's roof about 1 a.m. Sunday morning. The flames started to jump about 35 feet, witnesses said, and knocked out windows in the Hell's Angels' East 3rd Street headquarters directly behind the restaurant, before the FDNY was able to put out the blaze.

"There's not that much damage done to the restaurant," including the extensive record collection, said the worker, who was putting up flyers Monday afternoon about the fire outside the Korean eatery known for its fried chicken.

The worker added the fire was concentrated in the back of the 116 E. 4th St. building, and because of the FDNY's quick response, flames did not spread to the dining room or front bar area.

Officials were still investigating the cause of the blaze and Mono+Mono's reopening depends on how much structural damage is found.

A Department of Buildings vacate order was placed on the restaurant's front door.

The Fire Department said on Monday afternoon that the cause of the blaze was still under investigation.

"We will be back better than before, so please check back in a few days for an update," read the flyer posted on Mono+Mono.