Mai's Is Burning, Badly

Photo by Craig Hlavaty
Mai's restaurant, the well-loved place on Milam near Alabama, is burning pretty badly.

Kelly Graml, an attorney who has an office across the street, tells Hair Balls: "It's totally burning down. There are five -- no, six -- fire trucks here, including one with a ladder, and about 50 firemen. Black smoke is just billowing from the roof. There are also ambulances here."

More eyewitness reports: "An air-conditioning unit fell out of building and landed at feet of firemen...Mai and her daughter are both on-scene. The daughter is said to be simultaneously bawling and taking pictures. The owner is just crying."

It seems to be intense: "You can definitely feel the heat even behind the safety cordon," the eyewitness says.

We've got people on the scene, so check back for photos and news. Twitter pictures are popping up on the net, too.

But it doesn't sound good, if you're a fan of Mai's. The restaurant, which opened in 1978, says it was the first Vietnamese restaurant in the city.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Richard Connelly
Contact: Richard Connelly