EZ’s Brick Oven and Grill, the veteran diner on North Lamar, has been permanently closed for seven months. It shuttered soon after an accidental fire caused $400,000 in damages in January. A call confirmed that there are no plans to reopen the retro spot.
The fire started in EZ’s kitchen after a piece of equipment was dropped on a gas line. Staffers and customers were inside at the time, and left without injury. Culturemap reports that the building is being readied for demolition. However, the city does not have record of a demo permit currently.
Counter-service EZ’s served up pizzas, charbroiled burgers, salads, pasta, sandwiches, and more. The retro-themed restaurant was appropriately used as a filming location for television series Friday Night Lights (Go Panthers!), and its neon sign is counted as one of the most recognizable in town.
EZ's first opened in San Antonio in 1989 and expanded to Austin in 1994. Two locations remain open in San Antonio. While EZ’s occupied the North Lamar location for just over twenty years, the building previously housed the iconic 2-J Hamburgers. The Old Austin hotspot reportedly sold burgers for 19 cents and fries for 10 cents at one point in its long lifetime.
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