The Fire Spot: New Bailey Eatery is Dream Come True for Local Fire Fighter

WE ARE FAMILY: Pictured (L-R): Derrick Norman, Ernestine Wilkinson, Dajuan Norman, Latisha Wilkinson, Rodney Wilkinson and Vincent Stallworth. Not pictured, Antowan Holmes and Robert Jones.

WE ARE FAMILY: Pictured (L-R): Derrick Norman, Ernestine Wilkinson, Dajuan Norman, Latisha Wilkinson, Rodney Wilkinson and Vincent Stallworth. Not pictured, Antowan Holmes and Robert Jones.

When Rodney Wilkinson is not fighting fires he’s serving up tasty meals. Rodney, a fire fighter since 1992, is a Lieutenant at Ladder 7 at Main and Mercer Streets in Buffalo and serves as the Fire Deputy for the914thAirlift Wing in Niagara Falls. He’s also the owner of one of the city’s newest eateries – the Fire Spot located at 3300 Bailey Avenue. “This was his dream,” said his mom Ernestine Wilkinson, who, along withhis daughter Latisha and several other family members make up the work force. Choosing the name “Fire Spot”  hesaid, actually had little to do with hiscareer as a fire fighter. Shortly after he purchased the building in 2007 it caught on fire“ I was originally going to call it Dimples (after his mother), but after the fire I had to start over.”

He said he first thought about giving up but decided tokeep going and with the help of family and friends, rebuilt and remodeled the building. He also decided to rename it and call it – quite appropriately - The Fire Spot. “This is a family business,” he said proudly of the impressive Take Out (there are also a few tables for those who choose to eat in).  Although Lt. Wilkinson inherited his basic good cooking skills from his mother– he sharpened his culinary talent over the years at the Fire House. “I’ve been cookingfor 24 years in a Fire House,” he said. “If you can cook for eight guys and they don ‘t complain you know you’re doing something right!” Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Fire Spot’s specialitiesinclude Chicken & Waffles,  Fish & Grits and Hoagies withthe Spot’s famous “Tailgate Come Back Sauce.”

They’re open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Stop in and check them out today, orcall 835-(FIRE) 3473.  “ The Fire Spot, where the food is always hot!”