Cleburne Cafeteria Now Being Rebuilt on Bissonnet After Second Destruction by Fire

3606 Bissonnet St., Greenway/Upper Kirby, Houston, 77005

Construction fencing is already up around the Cleburne Cafeteria, which burned down for the second time at 3606 Bissonnet St. earlier this week. The 75-year-old cafeteria business was bought by Nick and Pat Mickelis in 1952 at its original location on Cleburne and Fannin streets (which was recently occupied by DiverseWorks for a brief pre-MATCH stint, and currently houses the Zoya Tommy art gallery). The cafeteria moved to the Bissonnet spot in 1969; shortly after Nick Mickelis’s death in 1989, the building burned down for the first time.

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The restaurant was rebuilt by Pat and her son George Mickelis, who is now the primary operator of the business. This week’s Monday-night-Tuesday-morning blaze took out the building’s roof, as well as most (but not all) of a collection of paintings by Nick Mickelis. A Facebook post from Smith + Sacco Public Relations says that construction should wrap up in 6 to 8 months.

Photo: Smith + Sacco

Restaurant Re-Reconstruction

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