Fire destroys Traffic Jam & Snug

Flames shot through the roof of the popular midtown Detroit restaurant early Friday morning.

Photo credit: Pat Batcheller/WDET


A massive fire ripped through a popular Midtown Detroit restaurant Friday.

Traffic Jam & Snug is located at Canfield Street and Second Avenue, just a few blocks south of Wayne State University.

Onlookers watched as the Detroit Fire Department attempted to contain the flames.

Detroit Fire Department Capt. Winston Farrow was on the scene shortly after the call came in around 2 a.m. He told WDET’s Ryan Patrick Hooper the flames went through the roof.

“Nothing has spread yet to the other businesses, the other restaurants, so we’re just trying to contain it right here,” Farrow said.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Traffic Jam & Snug sits next to other businesses on the same block of Canfield, including Shinola and Third Man Records, which operates a vinyl pressing plant.

The restaurant opened in 1965 and became Michigan’s first licensed brewpub in 1992.

The blaze prompted an outpouring of support on social media from neighbors and fans of the Midtown staple.

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  • Ryan Patrick Hooper
    Ryan Patrick Hooper is the award-winning host of "In the Groove" on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. Hooper has covered stories for the New York Times, NPR, Detroit Free Press, Hour Detroit, SPIN and Paste magazine.
  • Pat Batcheller
    Pat Batcheller is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news, traffic and weather updates during Morning Edition. He is an amateur musician.