Austin’s iconic mainstay Texas French Bread was completely destroyed by a late night fire | Flavor | San Antonio


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Austin’s Texas French Bread bakery and restaurant suffered a devastating fire this week.

Austin’s Texas French Bread Bakery and Restaurant is no more.

The company served Austin’s West Campus neighborhood for nearly four decades before it caught fire late Monday night, according to the Austin Fire Department. No one was injured in the blaze, but firefighters told the KVUE television channel the building is a total loss.

The fire was reported just before 11 p.m. on January 24. When firefighters arrived at the business, located at 2900 Rio Grande St., flames were licking from the roof, KVUE reports. Firefighters battled the blaze for over an hour, but the structure became dangerous. Eventually, the roof of the iconic building collapsed.

The fire – since thought to be accidental and due to mechanical failure – caused an estimated $1.1 million in damage to the structure and $500,000 in damage to items inside, the station reports.

A GoFundMe was created with the aim of helping displaced aid workers.

Texas French Bread would have celebrated 40 years in business this year. Before the building was a bakery, it was the famous Rome Inn, a concert hall that hosted musicians such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton in the 1970s.

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