Fire Damages Kinston Restaurant

A Kinston restaurant that was recently listed as one of the top 100 best restaurants in the United States was damaged Saturday morning by a fire.

According to fire officials they got the call around 9:30 a.m. that "Chef and the Farmer" was on fire. The restaurant is on West Gordon Street.

The fire began on the 1st floor of the restaurant in the storage room. It took around 10 minutes to put the fire out. The storage room door was closed when the fire started which helped stop the fire from spreading to the rest of the building.

Officials say the 1st and 2nd floor of the restaurant have serious smoke damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. listed recently listed "Chef and the Farmer" as a winner of the Diners' Choice Awards for the top 100 best restaurants in the United States.

The restaurant is now closed. No word yet on when it will reopen.

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