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Fire Damages Poletown East Classic Dan & Vi’s, Home of the Deli Slice

The restaurant hopes to rebuild

People gather outside a fire-damaged Dan and Vi’s in early December 2020.
The Detroit Fire Department put out a blaze Dan & Vi’s Pizza on Thursday, December 10.
Dan & Vi’s
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

A 57-year-old holdout in Poletown East, Dan & Vi’s Pizza is temporarily closed after a fire gutted the restaurant on Wednesday night. The restaurant announce the fire in a post to Facebook early in the morning on Thursday, December 10.

Reached by Eater, general manager Dawn Mayo confirmed that a blaze had occurred at the restaurant. However, it was still unclear what the extent of the damage was. Mayo, who spoke through tears on the call, expressed hope that the restaurant might rebuild. “We’re worried about us obviously, but we’re more worried about the community,” she says. “We take care of our neighborhood.”

Dan & Vi’s is considered a holdout on Chene Street that’s been largely abandoned by businesses. One of it’s most sought after items is the legendary pizza crust deli sandwich, known as the Deli Slice. But Dan & Vi’s is more than that as Mayo puts it. “Dan and Vi’s is way more than a restaurant. It’s a community,” she says. The restaurant regularly feeds the homeless in the neighborhood and has been busy collecting toys for kids in need for the holidays. Those toys were likely destroyed in the fire, but Mayo says she and the owners plan to reach into their own pockets to make sure people’s needs are met this December.

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Posted by Dan & Vi's Pizza Deli on Thursday, December 10, 2020

Mayo declined to speculate on the stability of the building, adding that inspectors are scheduled to come look at the building on Friday. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Dan & Vi's Pizza

5951 Chene St, Detroit, MI 48211 (313) 924-6077 Visit Website