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Old 4th Street haunt catches fire

An old North 4th St haunt caught fire this morning, charring the place up badly enough to close it for at least a couple weeks.

A blaze started in St. James Tavern at 1057 N 4th St before noon today.

The self proclaimed “urban oasis far from the suburbs, near High Street but away from the jackasses” has been a favorite in Italian Village for about 16 years, according to their website.

There isn’t much information yet but can tell you that the spirit of St. James will be temporarily relocated down the street until proper repairs can be completed.

There were several gathering slated for St. James tonight including a Rheingeist fundraising event for Choices and a MadLab Theatre showing opening cast party.

Just down the block at 1077 N 4th St, a man named Greg McGill is going to be welcoming everyone into his house tonight to host the events and support the beloved charred bar.

“This is impromptu. The house ain’t spotless. And three cats live here. Don’t let them out the door,” the event description says.

RSVP here.

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