Popular Thiensville restaurant the cheel damaged by fire Sunday

The cheel, a popular Thiensville restaurant, was heavily damaged in a Sunday afternoon fire.

Firefighters from multiple departments were pouring water on the second and third floors of the building at 105 S. Main St. shortly after 4:30. The restaurant, which serves Nepali-American food, is on the first floor of the building but the entire building looked to be heavily damaged.

Firefighters extinguish a blaze in the building housing popular Thiensville restaurant the cheel Sunday afternoon.

The fire call came in around 3 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Sundays. Several departments from surrounding communities were on the scene.

“Now I know how it feels to literally have your dreams blow up in flames,” owner Barkha Daily said as she surveyed the wreckage of the restaurant while hugging her husband, Jesse.

The cause of the blaze is unknown.

Jesse and Barkha Daily, owners of popular Nepali restaurant the cheel in Thiensville, hug as they watch firefighters extinguish a fire at their business Sunday afternoon. “Now I know how it feels to literally have your dreams blow up in flames," said Barkha Daily.

Last month the owners announced they will serve Mexican fare at a new restaurant called Daily Taco, less than a half mile away in Thiensville.

“It’s sad,” Jesse Daily said by phone at 5:30 p.m. “It’s an old building. It’s been here since 1868 and it’s a piece of Thiensville’s history.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photographer Mike De Sisti contributed to this report.

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