Famed San Antonio burger restaurant reopens after devastating fire
Almost two years after a fire ravaged Chris Madrid’s, San Antonio's famed burger restaurant is finally reopening. An employee confirms the team expects to be up and running by the end of August.
The news was first announced via a July 27 Facebook construction update. Both the post and the employee cautioned that the opening date is contingent on there not being any setbacks with the build, although most of the major hurdles have been cleared.
New Chris Madrid’s owner Richard Peacock had only been operating the classic business for a month and a half when the October 2017 electrical fire broke out in the restaurant’s cantina. Since the damage was located far from the kitchen, it initially appeared the restaurant would open in weeks.
It didn’t turn out to be quite that easy. Once recovery began, the team quickly discovered that the building would have to be reconstructed. The progress was further slowed by updates necessitated by city code.
To help fill the Cheddar Cheezy-sized hole in San Antonio’s heart, Peacock opened a temporary version of Chris Madrid’s in January 2018, across the street from the ongoing construction. Although the mobile outpost came complete with a tent dining room and even served beer, it was no replacement for the original.
Although the new Chris Madrid’s will be improved with more seating and private party rooms, it will still keep the character of the original. Peacock revealed shortly after the fire that much of the furniture and memorabilia was salvaged.
The Chris Madrid’s employee says the final date will be announced on social media. Until then, San Antonio burger lovers will be on the edge of their seats.