Correction: Per the commenters, Late Nite Pie originally opened in the early 2000s, not the late '90s.
Midtown pizza restaurant Late Nite Pie burned some time after closing in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. ABC13.com reported that the popular post-show destination suffered "major damage" and that Houston Fire Department arson investigators were on the scene.
The fire was estimated to have started about 3:45 a.m., about 45 minutes after Late Night Pie's closing time. The restaurant had scheduled the "My Funny Valentine" standup comedy showcase for next Tuesday.
Late Nite Pie started in the
late '90s early '00s at the corner of Elgin and Bagby, site of the current St. Dane's Tavern, and moved a few blocks north to 302 Tuam in 2008. It occasionally hosted shows, and its musician-friendly hours - it once stayed open until 4 a.m. - and cheap beer made it one of the relatively few places around downtown to go eat after last call.
The flames were out by about 6:45 a.m., and early-rising local musicians were already taking to social media to pay their last respects.
"R.I.P. #LateNitePie," posted Boothpimps DJ Bizonee, a nominee for best DJ/Club Night at last year's Houston Press Music Awards.
"Sad to see this," said local industrial-rockers MIKE TERROR. "Late Nite Pie was the scene of one of the greatest shows we've ever done."
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"RIP late nite pie #Deathbyfire," echoed local rapper Nosaprise.
Everyone, it seemed, had a Late Nite Pie story - even Rocks Off. Not to drop names, but our old Austin acquaintances Spoon were looking for somewhere to grab a bite after their Warehouse Live show in November 2007. We took them here.