(Aug. 9, 2019) Mad Fish Bar & Grill Restaurant in West Ocean City remains closed indefinitely after fire early last Friday morning consumed portions of the restaurant.
Firefighters from Ocean City, Sussex County, Berlin, Ocean Pines and elsewhere tackled the flames shortly after 4 a.m. and extinguished the three-alarm blaze by 6:48 a.m.
As of Wednesday, Aug. 7, there have been no updates as to the cause of the fire, Ocean City Communications Manager Jessica Waters said.
“It is with great sadness that we share this news and report that due to the extent of the damage, Mad Fish will be closed until further notice, Mad Fish posted on its Facebook page.
“We would like to thank the firefighters and emergency personnel who swiftly responded to this emergency. We would also like to thank all of our staff for their hard work over the last year in making Mad Fish an up and coming success in Ocean City.”
Ocean City residents and businesses have rallied to help those affected by the incident.
Kim Holloway posted in the LOCALS ONLY Facebook page a message that sought out businesses that would hire the displaced Mad Fish employees.
The post has over 200 likes and 78 comments, and representatives of resort businesses have offered support and job openings.
Some of the businesses are Lombardis on 94th Street, Victoria’s Seafood and Crabs on 81st Street, Crabcake Factory’s Loca Madre near 120th Street and the Harrison Group Restaurant Division.
“We are so grateful for those who supported Mad Fish early on in this new venture; we will be back and stronger than ever,” Mad Fish said on Facebook.