Fire Sign Cafe was established in 1978 by Brian and Lynne Barton. It was originally located in the boat house mall, across from Christy Hill. Two years after opening Fire Sign, the Bartons asked their friends, Bob and Christi Young, to become their business partners. The Young's had recently sold Pot Belly Stove Works, located just above Fire Sign Cafe (where Dave's Ski Shop is now located). Having loved Fire Sign from the start, Bob and Christi dove in--with a passion that helped to make up for their almost total lack of restaurant experience. Under the guidance of their partners, for the next two years, Bob and Christi began to learn the ins and outs of the restaurant industry. They helped fund moving the restaurant to its current location with the money they earned from selling the stove shop. In 1982, Brian and Lynne decided to move back to the East Coast, selling their half of the business to the Youngs.