HILLSDALE – Patrons were evacuated when a fire started in the kitchen of The Palace Café Friday night.

Just before 9:30 PM Hillsdale City Fire Department, and Hillsdale City Police were called to 38 N Howell Street for a possible structure fire. A fire broke out in the kitchen of The Palace Café. Smoke filled the back of the restaurant, which was quickly evacuated. A restaurant employee put out the fire with a fire extinguisher just before firefighters arrived.

Michigan Gas also responded to the restaurant to inspect the kitchen.

The restaurant is closed tonight. A restaurant employee said they expect to have the restaurant open in the morning for breakfast.

No one was injured.