Wauwatiki, a local tiki bar on North Avenue in Wauwatosa, is temporarily closed for remodeling following a Sept. 11 fire.

The business posted the following to its Facebook page at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11: "Just wanted to let all of our Tiki friends and family know that Wauwatikis will be shut down for a few days. We had a fire this morning but luckily no one was in building at time."

The post noted there was some damage done at the building, but "nothing that can't be fixed in a few days."

"We appreciate everyone's thoughts and concerns for us at this time," the Facebook post said. "We can't wait to open back and see you soon."

The business has also posted a notice to its customers on its website,, that said the fire occurred when the business was closed.

According to Assistant Chief Jim Case of the Wauwatosa Fire Department, crews were called out to the scene at 9:36 a.m. that morning. Firefighters arrived to find a fire alarm sounding, heavy smoke inside the building and a visible fire in the rear dining area. The flames were extinguished fairly quickly, Case said.

A damage estimate was not yet available and the cause of the fire is suspected to be a refrigeration unit, Case said. Crews were on scene for about two hours.

The venue, which serves extensive and elaborate specialty rum-based drinks and various small plates, opened in Wauwatosa in the spring of 2016.

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