In Houston, like most places, the restaurant life carries with it hard work, triumphs and shutterings. Among the saddest of stories are when a fire brings everything to a halt, particularly if the restaurant is beloved.
Here are some of the most memorable of recent Houston restaurant fires (with links to the original stories) that, for whatever time period, tore into our common community fabric, disrupting the lives of employees and diners alike.
A grill fire was the apparent culprit at Sylvia's at 6401 Woodway. Owner Sylvia Casares said that it then went on to spread through the kitchen.
Less than a month before the landmark cafeteria was ready to celebrate its 75th anniversary, Cleburne Cafeteria was hit by a devastating fire.
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Firefighters fought the blaze for hours but were unsuccessful in stopping the fire before the roof collapsed. Investigators were finally able to find the cause of the fire on the same day it happened.
Hurricane Ike hit Houston and brought along its tremendous winds. During the storm, a transformer exploded and Brennan's caught on fire.