Fire destroys eatery once owned by Pirates’ Rooker

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AMBRIDGE, Pa. (AP) - A state police fire marshal was investigating a blaze that destroyed a western Pennsylvania restaurant once owned by Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jim Rooker.

The business formerly known as Rook’s East Side Saloon in Ambridge was reported on fire about 1 a.m. Wednesday. It was destroyed, along with some apartments above the business about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Nobody was in the apartments, and nobody else was injured in the blaze.

Officials say the business reopened as a Mexican restaurant under new ownership in May. It was called Rook’s Cantina 505.

The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

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