Henry Hill used sternos and paper to start this fire at the Bamboo Lounge in Goodfellas. Fire officials are trying to determine what started the fire in Wiseguys, Hill’s newly opened restaurant in Connecticut.
In what may be a case of life imitating art imitating life, Henry Hills’ new mob-themed restaurant in West Haven burned last night. Connecticut fire official don’t know the cause of the fire, which started in the attic. The place didn’t burn to the ground so it doesn’t seem like it was a professional torch job like the one Henry Hill and Tommy DeSimone did to the Bamboo Lounge in Goodfellas, but we’ll see.
Henry Hill didn’t appear to be to worried about reprisals of any kind in an interview in August.
From Connecticut’s WTNH:
Fire crews battled an early morning fire at the new Wiseguys restaurant in West Haven.
The fire broke out around 3 a.m. in the attic of the restaurant at 848 Boston Post Road.
“Fire was contained to the attic, but there’s considerable smoke damage and water damage to the first floor of the building,” Allingtown Fire Chief Victor Sampietro said.
The restaurant opened last month. Henry Hill, the mobster turned informant, is one of those behind the restaurant.
Hill’s life was played out in the movie “Goodfellas.”
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 6, 2007