MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A fire ripped through Hog & Hominy, one of the city’s most celebrated restaurants, in the early morning hours Thursday.
According to officials, someone called 911 around 2 a.m. Thursday after spotting flames coming through the building on Brookhaven Circle in East Memphis.
By the time first responders arrived, the flames were through the roof. They managed to knock down the fire in about 30 minutes.
Most of the damage was to a new addition to the business. No one was inside the restaurant when the fire broke out.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Hog & Hominy opened in 2011 and has been featured in Southern Living, Bon Appetit and the New York Times.
Brad Greer owns Bogie’S Deli And Catering next door and got his first look at the damage when he arrived at work.
“I’m shocked and grateful it didn’t come our way and like I said I really feel sorry for those guys,” Greer said.
Greer says restaurant employees were looking forward to using the new addition. He’s hoping hog and hominy rebuilds fast, not just for customers and the neighborhood, but also for the people who work there.
“I hope they rebuild it you know, because they are great neighbors and everybody loves that place,” Greer said.
In a social media post, the restaurant said it is closed for now, but will reopen “better than ever.”