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Major Fire Damage Shutters Iconic East Dallas Diner Barbec’s

No word yet on whether or not the beloved beer biscuits destination will make a comeback

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Barbec’s, the beloved East Dallas diner known for its fluffy beer biscuits and homey vibe, has shuttered after a fire ripped through the restaurant’s kitchen.

The fire hit the building while Barbec’s was closed on Saturday, October 3, causing more than $175,000 in damage to its interior and exterior, according to the Dallas Morning News. Investigators have not yet determined how the fire started, but it began in the kitchen. No one was present at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.

According to the Lakewood Advocate, the restaurant’s iconic space got its start as a Howard Johnson’s restaurant in 1965, before it was transformed into Barbec’s in the 1970s. In the decades following, Barbec’s grew into a neighborhood hub, complete with super-friendly waitresses, cozy booths, and generations of fans who’ve been going to the restaurants with their families for decades.

The restaurant’s owners have not yet announced whether or not the restaurant will repair the damage and reopen, relocate to a new space, or shutter for good.