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Owner Plans To Rebuild The Cleburne Cafeteria On Bissonnet After Devastating Fire

A local restaurant that would have celebrated its 75th anniversary next month has been heavily damaged by an early morning fire.

A local restaurant that would have celebrated its 75th anniversary next month has been heavily damaged by an early morning fire. The Cleburne Cafeteria on Bissonnet in the West University area has been a local institution since it opened in 1941.

Owner George Mickelis got a call about the fire early Tuesday.

“I’m completely devastated,” Mickelis says “This has been our family business. We’ve been serving Houstonians for seventy-five years. My mom’s ninety-two years old. This has been our lives work. The most devastating part of this fire is my father had some artwork that he painted while he was alive that is irreplaceable. It has tremendous amount of sentimental value. From what I am seeing in there now, not even one painting. We got three or four out, but some of the bigger, more beautiful paintings that he was known for are completely gone. We are just heartbroken and exhausted.”

Fire officials haven’t said yet what caused the blaze.

Mickelis says the family plans to rebuild and reopen the restaurant.

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