Update -- 12:30 p.m.: Christina Pappas, Director of Marketing for Pappas Restaurants, Inc., provided this statement to the Houston Press:
"We want to thank The Houston Fire Department for their bravery at our location on Little York. We are very thankful that all of our employees and all firefighters are safe. We are working to relocate our staff to other locations. The Little York location will be closed until further notice."
"Our current priority is relocating all of the Little York employees to other Pappas locations until we are able reopen."
UPDATE: At this time, a spokeswoman for Pappas Restaurants said they still don't know the cause of the fire, and right now there is no information available about the status or future of Pappas Bar-B-Q at Little York.
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The Pappas Bar-B-Q located at 3814 Little York burned to the ground at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 7. The restaurant was closed during the two-alarm blaze, and according to KHOU, no firefighters were injured while responding to the fire.
In a post on Sunday, Click2Houston.com reports that when firefighters arrived at Pappas Bar-B-Q "they found heavy smoke and flames emanating from the back of the restaurant." The first firefighter respondents arrived on the scene and pulled a second-alarm when the flames reached the attic and began to quickly spread throughout the restaurant. Firefighters did not enter the building to extinguish the flames because it was burning too hot.
The Houston Chronicle reports, "At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, HFD's arson unit, a ladder engine and two pumper trucks remained on the scene."
The cause of the fire has not been determined yet. We will update this post as we receive more information.