Burned Down Restaurant Rebuilds

Out of the smoke: Burned down barbecue restaurant vows to rebuild after still unsolved fire

Burned down barbecue restaurant vows to rebuild after unsolved fire

Pappas Bar-B-Q fire
Fire destroyed the Pappas Bar-B-Q location on Little York September 7. Photo courtesy of KHOU

In the barbecue game, getting the right amount of smoke is critical. Too little, and the meat tastes like pot roast. Too much, and it tastes like an ashtray. Of course, where there's smoke, there's fire.

Which didn't exactly work out for a local barbecue restaurant.

Investigators have yet to determine whether a fire this month at the Pappas Bar-B-Q on Little York near US-59 began in the pit room, but, once it made it to the roof, it spread quickly and destroyed the entire structure. Since it occurred at 3:30 a.m., no one was present in the building, and no fire fighters were injured during the blaze. ,

Area residents with a taste for the company's heaping portions and signature sides shouldn't worry. The 15-plus restaurant chain/local barbecue empire has plans to rebuild. A representative tells CultureMap that the location's employees have been reassigned to the company's other outposts for now.

"We want the thank The Houston Fire Department for their bravery at our location on Little York," the company said in a statement. "We are very thankful that all of our employees and all firefighters are safe."

A timeline for rebuilding has not been revealed.