Overnight fire closes Cleveland’s West Side Market


At the end of January, a severe fire left the popular west Cleveland food and trade venue, the West Side Market, closed until repairs could be completed on the structure.

Alexis Parisi

While Case Western Reserve University students have been battling the snowy sidewalks of Cornell Rd. and the Neurovirus this past week, Cleveland had been facing battles of a different variety. On Jan. 30, around 2:20 am, a fire damaged several stalls in Ohio City’s iconic West Side Market.

It may be this historic landmark’s 100th birthday, but the celebration will not begin just yet. Though the fire caused no structural damage, health and quality inspections of vendors’ food and clean up of the smoke damage must be addressed before the market can re-open.

Whether it’s on your Cleveland bucket list or you’re already a West Side Marker regular, fear not. Local restaurants, bars, and even Charter One Bank have come to the historic landmark’s aid.

Over Super Bowl weekend, The Happy Dog on W. 57th St. and Detroit Ave. pledged to donate a dollar to West Side Market for every hot dog sold, which raised $1281. Market Garden Brewery & Distillery, the markets’ local neighbor, took a similar pledge.

“The fire at the West Side Market has affected the livelihood of so many people. From today until Tuesday, [Feb. 5] $1 of every beer sold will be donated to the Market Vendors Association to help make up for all of their losses,” their Facebook page said.

While restaurants coordinated relief efforts, the City of Cleveland issued a press release stating that clean-up would begin Feb. 3.  All repairs and clean-up expenses will be paid for by capital funds previously set out to upgrade and improve the iconic building. The donations from Market Garden, The Happy Dog, and Charter One are an added bonus.

According to statements issued by the West Side Market, the city’s clean up crew is doing well and its reopening is just around the corner. Any updates on its status will be available via their Facebook page or westsidemarket.org.