Richard Peacock has had a tough go of it since purchasing the famed San Antonio burger joint Chris Madrid’s last summer. Barely over month into operating the 40-year-old business, he was forced to close up shop after an electrical fire ravaged parts of the building.
Although the date of the reopening still hasn’t been set, there is good news on the horizon for fans of the restaurant. While damage is still being assessed at the original location, a mobile version of the restaurant will hit the streets of San Antonio next week. Outfitted with a custom kitchen, the new truck will cook up many of the restaurant's favorite dishes, including the wildly popular tostada burger.
The new venture will debut with a unique soft opening. Instead of hosting a traditional friends and family service, the truck will travel across town to different charities so the staff can gain experience. And that commitment to giving back is no mere blip. While Peacock has been able to place some members of the Chris Madrid’s staff at temporary positions in his other restaurant, Paloma Blanca, and in the new truck, those who were not able to be placed were sent out to volunteer at nonprofits across the city. Peacock has also continued to pay wages for all employees affected by the fire.
In a Facebook post, Peacock said that some of the equipment and furnishings from the restaurant were able to be salvaged, as well as most of the memorabilia, but a lot of work remains to be done to bring the building back up to code. Peacock said the earliest customers can expect the brick-and-mortar to reopen is late spring 2018.