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Gay-owned Las Margaritas Catches Fire

Only a week after a large fire damaged a bridge on Cheshire Bridge Road, a gay-owned restaurant in the area caught on fire. Las Margaritas, owned by Oscar Valdivieso and his mother Marta, was engulfed in flames Monday night (August 8) after firefighters were called to a possible grass fire, according to WSB-TV.

A total of 30 firefighters put the fire out. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but an investigation is under way. Fire officials say that no injuries have been reported.

Michele Michael Pettis, the owner’s sister, told Channel 2 Action News that they have plans to rebuild and reopen the restaurant, but until they assess the damage, they won’t know how long it will take.

Las Margaritas has been a mainstay of Atlanta’s LGBTQ community, winning the Georgia Voice’s Best Mexican Food award in 2019.