The structure now being finalized at the once-on-Cleburne-St. Cleburne Cafeteria’s space at 3606 Bissonnet St. is notably bigger than the single-story building it’s replacing — a 2-story steel frame went up around the beginning of February, and the restaurant is shooting to open in its newest home by the end of the summer. (The view included here of the old building shows it just shy of the restaurant’s 75th anniversary, last spring; the shot up top shows progress on the new building just shy of the fire’s 1-year anniversary in late April.) Other reasons why this round of recovery has taken longer than the 3-month closure that followed the restaurant’s 1990 fire at the same address: Owner George Mickelis tells Katherine Feser this week that (relatively) new regulations and inspection requirements have drawn out the process, too.
As for what’ll go inside the building, some of the restaurant’s regular menu items will remain, but some less traditionally cafeteria-esque items (from tabbouleh to steak) will be added; the restaurant also got its first beer and wine permit back in September. And the collection of late original owner Nick Mickelis’ paintings — many of which were destroyed by the latest fire — has been fleshed back out by means of some giclee reproductions that will be on display.
- Tradition and More on the Menu as Cleburne Cafeteria Reconstruction Nears Completion [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: Cleburne Cafeteria Now Being Rebuilt on Bissonnet After Second Destruction by Fire; The New DiverseWorks Cafeteria Plan