Friday fire guts Hippie Hut
Posted by : November 27, 2013| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
MABANK–In the tradition of “bad news travels fast,” by Saturday morning it seemed everyone was talking about the Friday night fire that gutted the Hippie Hut in Mabank.
Owner Leann Chamness told The Monitor that she received a call at around 11:45 p.m. Friday informing her of the fire.
The restaurant had closed at 10 p.m. and all was well.
On Monday morning, the cause of the fire was still unknown, with an insurance adjuster expected on site on Tuesday.
Depending on the outcome with the insurance, Chamness said she planned to rebuild.
Some have reported on Facebook, seeing a red pickup truck pulling out of the parking lot after closing. Police had put up crime scene tape all around the property right after the fire was extinguished.
Mabank Police Chief Kyle McAfee reports the fire department was toned out at 11:23 p.m. and fire departments from Kemp and Gun Barrel City assisted in quenching the flames. An investigation was still underway Monday to determine the cause and origin of the blaze.
The Hippie Hut provided not only another culinary choice for great burgers, it served up color and memories of the late ’60s and early ’70s, with its bright yellow facade, handpainted murals and annual talent contest hosted on its own outdoor stage.
Two days earlier, a favorite Mexican restaurant in Athens was gutted by fire on Pinkerton Street. The El San Luis fire was reported around 4 a.m. Nov. 20.
No injuries were reported in either fire.