Fire ‘all bad’ for Goody Goody business, patrons

A kitchen-area fire Tuesday night several hours after the Goody Goody eatery and St. Louis landmark closed earlier kept it from opening Wednesday.

According to reports, authorities are so far calling it an accidental electrical fire. It is unknown when the establishment that opened in 1948 will reopen, pending investigations and repair.  

A construction worker and a St. Louis City Department of Health official at the site today said they couldn’t go inside and touch too much because the popular cafe’s insurance company would be investigating Thursday. Neither could formally extend information on the extent of the damage.

The fire looked to be contained to the kitchen of the restaurant at 5900 Natural Bridge as none of the outer structure rendered fire damage.  

A neighborhood patron, Trina Campbell, said she saw flames coming from the rear of the building where the kitchen is. She and two friends were walking from a nearby Chinese takeout eatery at the time (only because she couldn’t get a sandwich from Goody Goody, she said).

“It’s all bad,” Campbell said. “I was on my way home and we came around here and saw a fire truck right here and it was in flames. I hope they open back up because I go there almost every morning. I like me some Goody Goody. The breakfast is real good.”

Her best friend, Brianna Hawthorne, questioned the time of the fire: “It closes at 2. How is it going to catch fire at 8?” she asked.

Mekeem Muhammad called Goody Goody a staple. “It holds memories for me. I used to go there on Saturdays before work,” Muhammad said.  “And I enjoy the staff.”

Goody Goody changed ownership about two years ago but kept most of the longtime staff.

“The food is still good because they kept most of the staff,” said Muhammad’s friend, Kevin Smith.

Bill Beene

Author: Bill Beene

Bill Beene was born and raised in north St. Louis. He has been a journalist for 12 years. He enjoys cooking and roller skating. He lives in the historic Ville neighborhood.

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