Saturday, December 8, 2012

Trader Ed's owner suing Troy fire chief, city

Trader Ed's before the most recent fire.
From the Dec. 8 Times Union (awkward writing left intact): 
TROY -- The owner of a Lansingburgh restaurant plans to sue Troy Fire Chief Thomas Garrett and the city for slander over remarks made after a three-alarm fire scorched Trader Ed's Nautical Pub & Restaurant more than a year ago.

Terry Frederick, owner of restaurant at 630 Second Ave., filed papers in state Supreme Court in Troy on Nov. 19 alleging Garrett made "derogatory, defamatory and slanderous" statements about the cause of the fire that damaged the circa 1787 restaurant about 10 a.m. on Oct. 26, 2011.

A day after the fire, the chief said officials were labeling the blaze "suspicious" because of an earlier fire at the location. He also said investigators were "looking into" another fire in 2008 at a Cohoes bar partly owned by Frederick, the court papers said.
You can read the entire story online.

Incidentally, despite what this and earlier TU stories say, Trader Ed's was not a "circa 1787 restaurant." The building in which it operated can be dated to that era, but was used for numerous purposes in its long history. Trader Ed's was not founded until 2007. (See Terry Frederick's history of the site.)

Also, the latest Times Union story did not mention that an earlier closing due to fire came about when a fire that began in an adjacent business, Hot Dog Charlie's, spread to the Trader Ed's building.

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