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Downtown Barbecue Spot Iron Works BBQ Caught on Fire

The restaurant is reopening quickly

Iron Works BBQ
Iron Works BBQ
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Iron Works BBQ, the downtown barbecue restaurant found in a historic building, caught on fire Friday morning. The Austin Fire Department arrived at the Red River address just after 11:30 a.m., according to KXAN, and the fire was quickly put out. No one was hurt, but people had to leave the building.

The restaurant is aiming to reopen by 3 p.m. today

There was $12,000 worth of structural damages and $3,000 of content damages. The AFD determined that the fire began because of a "heat source [that was] too close to combustibles."

Iron Works BBQ opened in 1978 on Red River, in a former ironworks facility known as F. Weigl Iron Works. The building was designated as a historical site by the Texas Historical Commission.

Just this week, Franklin Barbecue finally reopened after a temporary closure due to a fire that occurred nearly three months ago.

Iron Works BBQ

100 Red River St, , TX 78701 (512) 478-4855 Visit Website