Early in the morning hours of Friday March 11th, 2016 a fire swept through the Amarillo Red River Steakhouse when the restaurant was closed. The owner, Will Frost recieved a call from the Amarillo Fire Department at a little past 1:00 p.m. in the morning that the restaurant was on fire.
Amarillo Fire Department crews battled heavy fire in the dry storage area located at the back of the building, but the fire began to spread to the kitchen before it was brought under control sometime around 2:19 a.m. Twenty-six firefighters responded to the blaze. The damage costs would take months to determine, but fortunately there were not any injuries reported - the cause of the fire was never determined after an extensive investigation.
The Red River Steakhouse had enjoyed its grand opening on September 15th becoming a second location of the popular restaurant first opened in McLean, Texas. Unfortunately the fire came just months after the first steaks hit the grill, but there never were any plans to slow down. The owner, Will Frost knew he would remodel the kitchen and reopen as soon as he could.
As early as the Friday morning after the fire, Frost, a group of employees and a general contractor were at the restaurant early in the morning to start the cleanup process - "We had already put together a great team that has grown, and this was a great opportunity to work on team-building. A lot of the staff were volunteering to help, and they have been in once or twice each day to check in and lend a hand where they can."
Although it was destroyed by fire six months after it opened - less than six months later, The Red River Steakhouse has been remodeled and is again open for business.
The Red River Steakhouse, located at 4332 S.W. 45th Ave. welcomed its first customers since the March 11th fire that caused more than a half million dollars in damage there. General Manager Dawn Martin said the staff is excited about being back in business. "We feel the fire was a setback," said Martin, 48, "but it was also an opportunity to come back bigger and better."
Will Frost and his wife Jill own two steakhouses. Their Amarillo restaurant opened last September 15 as a second location to their highly popular first steakhouse in McLean, Texas. They researched all the steakhouses in Amarillo, Lubbock, and even in Oklahoma and collected ideas from all of those locations and incorporated them into the new Amarillo location and have made it an exceptional restaurant.
General Manager Dawn Martin, who started at Amarillo’s Red River Steakhouse last November, said the Frosts did not quite completely achieve the concept they had in mind for the Amarillo location the first time around, but they made sure they did with the reconstruction.
The diningroom layout was changed to create a more relaxing environment and they also changed its menu and added a few items. It offers 10 more draft beers, new specialty drinks and a Monday-thru-Friday Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. It also has a new filet plate dinner special and a new T-bone steak.
The cause of the fire is officially listed as undetermined and it's exact cause is unknown, but investigators closed the case about 30 days after it happened.
Cited from news articles in the Amarillo Globe News.
Photo Credit of Will Frost: Michael Schumacher / Amarillo Globe-News
Fire Damage - Repairs - Remodeling
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