Otis Cafe burns down in Fourth of July Fire

The Otis cafe burns on July 4. (Courtesy photo)

OTIS — Historic restaurant The Otis Cafe caught fire Thursday evening, forcing the closure of the landmark business in one of Lincoln County’s northernmost unincorporated communities.

The fire started around 7:40 p.m. Thursday and took less than half an hour to put out, according to the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue. The fire started in the kitchen in the back of the building while the restaurant was closed, and no injuries or deaths are reported. 

“The fire was extinguished in 20 minutes with crews staying on scene throughout the night,” read a NLFR’s statement. “There were no injuries and the fire is being investigated by the Lincoln County Fire Investigation team.”

The Otis Cafe is a beloved institution in the rural forested community, claiming the restaurant serves up “down home” breakfasts “since before you were born.” The eatery’s menu features meals like black molasses bread, German potatoes and several varieties of pie, described as a “fully delicious taste that you crave when you are on a road trip.”

There is no indication the cafe will re-open anytime soon, as the building suffered extensive damage during the fire.