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Cleburne Cafeteria Prepares To Rise From The Ashes This Summer

The comfort food favorite returns after a devastating fire

A peek in at the progress at Cleburne Cafeteria
Cleburne Cafeteria/Facebook

Last August, just one month before its 75th anniversary, Cleburne Cafeteria was completely destroyed by a fire that ripped through the restaurant. Now, the Houston classic is preparing for a comeback.

In an interview with ABC 13, Cleburne Cafeteria owner George Mickelis says that his staff has been working all year long on the new and improved restaurant, which is expected to open later this summer. As was reported last year, construction on the new building began just days after the blaze.

According to Mickelis, the restaurant will offer indoor and outdoor seating in the style of “Hill Country comfort,” complete with a little Greek and old-school cafeteria influence. The spot’s menu will also get a minor revamp thanks to the addition of freshly-grilled steaks, along with a selection of beer and wine.

Posts to Cleburne Cafeteria’s Facebook page indicate that construction ramped up in February and March, when steel beams that will form the building’s basic structure were erected. At present, no opening date has been announced just yet, but the restaurant expects to reopen in June.

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