Tokyo Cafe temporarily closes due to fire

Posted Monday, Jun. 23, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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Tokyo Cafe, the popular and long-running west Fort Worth restaurant, is temporarily closed because of a fire that occurred early Monday at the restaurant.

“Please keep our entire Tokyo family in your prayers as we overcome this event together,” says a message on the restaurant’s Facebook page, which is also the place to go for updates on a reopening.

According to Fort Worth Fire Capt. Richard Harrison, a call came in as “smoke in the area” around 2:40 a.m. Monday. A fire team found smoke coming from the roof, began work to suppress the blaze, and called in an alarm.

Ultimately, 10 units were involved in fighting the fire, with almost 30 firefighters. It was under control and out at 3:04 a.m.

Contacted by, chef Kevin Martinez said he didn’t have much information about the fire or the extent of the damage. “It’s not a good feeling,” Martinez said. “That’s my other home.”

The restaurant is owned by Mary Kha Ho and husband Jarry, whose parents opened Tokyo Cafe in 1997 (Jarry took over in 2002, and Mary joined the business in 2006). In 2011, the couple also opened Shinjuku Station on West Magnolia Avenue.

Star-Telegram staff writer Terry Evans contributed to this report, which includes materail from archives.

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