Wednesday, September 28, 2011 , Updated 8:17 a.m., October 7, 2011
UPDATEDx2: Fire temporarily shuts down original Sonny Bryan’s on Inwood
Investigators say the fire was deliberately set.
DALLAS There was a fire at Sonny Bryan's on Tuesday night, sufficiently damaging the restaurant so that it is closed until the weekend. The restaurant issued the following statement:
At approximately 11 p.m. CST on Tuesday, September 27, a small fire broke out in two unattached storage sheds behind the main building at Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse on Inwood Road.
The Dallas Fire Department was able to put out the fire before it spread, but the two side doors to the restaurant were damaged in order to allow firefighters access to the building to ensure no one was inside. No staff or customers were present, and no injuries were sustained by responders. The fire is still under investigation.
The restaurant is currently closed, but management anticipates being open again for business this weekend. Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse will continue to keep the public posted via the restaurant's Facebook page.
The news report from Fox makes the fire seem a lot worse, and also drops the "arson" word, saying that "it hasn't been ruled out." That ends up making it sound like arson was involved, doesn't it?
And only yesterday, a Dickey's in Flower Mound nearly burned down. That's two barbecue restaurants struck by fire within a day of each other.
UPDATE: Investigators from the Dallas Fire Department have ruled that the fire was "incendiary," meaning that it was deliberately set.
It might well have burned the place down except that an ambulance headed to another fire happened to spot flames coming from the building. Boy, that foiled someone's plan. The restaurant says they still hope to be open this weekend.
UPDATE x2: Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse will re-open its original Dallas location on Inwood Road Friday, October 7 at 11 a.m.
On Wednesday, October 12, they will celebrate with philanthropic fanfare for Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas, a non-profit that the company has supported for years. From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 25% of all sales that day at the Inwood location will be donated to the organization, which provides monetary support to families of fallen fire and police officers, and raises funds to benefit the youth of our community. In addition to the donation, Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse will honor Dallas firefighters from Fire Station 47 with a lunch and an official plaque made from door knobs that were removed from the Inwood restaurant when firefighters responded to the September 27 fire.
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