The greatest cafeteria in Texas was destroyed Monday night when a blaze consumed the Cleburne Cafeteria on Bissonnet Street. The Houston landmark was almost entirely gutted by the blaze. The CC was celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The CC had been rebuilt after a fire destroyed the previous structure in 1990. The CC – notorious for accepting only cash and checks – has been run by the Mickelis family since its inception and the walls were decorated with the art work of founder Nick Mickelis. George Mickelis, son of the founder, was distraught over the loss of his father’s artwork – much more than the loss of the cafeteria itself. But it appears that a few of the paintings may have survived the blaze. The loss will be felt throughout the community and especially among its loyal patrons who packed the restaurant at lunch and on Sunday afternoons. Mickelis vows to rebuild again. Red will be back for the grand re-opening.
Photo from KPRC.