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.