Bob Bashara’s former sex dungeon destroyed in fire
Grosse Pointe Park— The two-story restaurant and apartment building that was once the site of Bob Bashara’s sex dungeon was destroyed in a fire early Sunday.
Police say the fire started in a second floor apartment unit around 5:30 a.m. while the residents were home. No one was injured.
The building, located near the corner of Mack Avenue and Nottingham Road, houses Rockefellers Oyster Bar, Bootleggers Whiskey Bar and office space on the first floor.
There are about six apartment units on the second level and all those tenants will be displaced, Grosse Pointe Park Police Lt. Ed Arnold said.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
The building was formerly owned by Bashara who was convicted last year of orchestrating the Jan. 24, 2012, murder of his wife, Jane Bashara.
When Bashara owned the building it housed two popular Grosse Pointe Park night spots and Bashara’s sex dungeon in the basement. Patrons and employees testified in Bashara’s trial that they had no idea the dungeon was there.
Firefighters were not able to completely extinguish the blaze Sunday until 11 a.m., Arnold said. Members of the Red Cross were at the scene assisting the displaced families, he said.
Fire personnel from Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms and Grosse Pointe Woods all responded.