A well-known valley restaurant was gutted by an early morning fire. Now everyone from employees to long-time customers is mourning the loss of this Pete's Fish and Chips location.
It's been called the best little greasy spoon in town and a beloved little fish and chips joint, which makes last night's fire so tough to deal with for people who call Pete's home.
By the looks of the building on the outside, it seemed like business as usual for Pete's Fish and Chips. This fixture on Van Buren east of 27th Avenue has fed the masses for a quarter century, but an overnight fire gutted the Phoenix restaurant leaving little behind on the inside.
The regulars were almost moved to tears. One woman told us she eats there every morning after dropping off her daughter.
"I've been delivering bread here for nine years so I've seen it, I was coming to eat today actually," said Augie Munoz, Pete's vendor.
Marisol Meneses said in Spanish, "It's part of the community, it's a place people go to all the time. Truly sad."
We talked to loyal customers who told us just what it was that kept people coming back for decades and it's a secret.
"It's the sauce," said Jesus Islas.
With seven other valley locations, it isn't the end of Pete's by any means. The level of popularity is 65 years in the making.
Phoenix Fire is investigating the blaze but for now -- boarded up doors and windows remind the neighbors their Pete's is gone.
"It's crazy I was really shocked as I pulled in. I love the people here they're always nice and the food's great. I'm honestly shocked I'm going to have to go find another one," said Islas.
No word on the cause of the fire and we don't know if Pete's will rebuild at that specific location or not.
Pete's Fish and Chips was started by the Grant family. They're devastated by the loss and did not want to talk on camera.