Fire Damage

Weekend fires damage two Houston restaurants — owners vow to rebuild

Two Houston restaurants damaged by devastating fires

Present Company Royal Oak Shawn Bermudez
Seen here earlier this summer, Present Company was scheduled to open in October. Photo by Eric Sandler

Fires damaged two Houston restaurants over the weekend. One of this year's most eagerly anticipated bars and a favorite spot for Mediterranean cuisine both suffered damage. Thankfully, no one was hurt in either blaze.

Mary'z Lebanese Cuisine, a Galleria staple known for classic dishes like hummus, shawarma, and kabobs, burned on Saturday. ABC13 reporter Miya Shay took a picture of the damage.

In a statement, the owners vowed to reopen saying, "No one got hurt, and we will rebuild and come back stronger than ever if it's God's willing." The Washington Avenue location remains open.

Saturday afternoon, a fire erupted at Present Company, restaurateur Shawn Bermudez's upcoming replacement for legendary Montrose Sunday Funday spot Royal Oak.

Hay Merchant manager Stewart Martin captured the video below of firefighters controlling the blaze as smoke billowed into the sky.

On Facebook, Bermudez thanked everyone who inquired about the damage as well as the firefighters from Precinct 7 who saved the building. Present Company will not open in October as scheduled.

"The damage is pretty severe and it will take me that much longer to open, but I will get Present Company open," Bermudez notes.

"I'm always excited (yes, I get excited) to open up a new project but I've never been as excited as I am about this place. The hardest part of this whole fiasco is having to wait that much longer to show everyone what I've been working on for the last 15 months. I always aim to please and I promise this place will not disappoint."