Austin’s favorite bakery and restaurant, Texas French Bread, caught fire Monday night Jan. 24. Although no one was injured, the building was declared a total loss by firefighters, as reported by KVUE. Texas French Bread is located at 2900 Rio Grande Street in the Heritage District.
Workers called firefighters to the building as it was filling with smoke, and by the time firefighters arrived around 11 p.m., flames went through the roof, as shared by the Austin Fire Department. The cause of the fire is unknown and, due to extensive damage, may remain undetermined.
Founder Judy Willcott started Texas French Bread as a wholesale bread business from her home before opening her first location at 34th and Guadalupe in 1981. Gaining popularity by supplying bread to local institutions like the restaurant gourmet Jeffrey’s and the Whole Foods supermarket, it has expanded to 11 locations. around the city. The Rio Grande location was the last location, owned by Willcott’s son, Murph Willcott (who himself is known for the beautiful writing of his pleasant newsletters). The bakery is known for its exceptional baguettes, croissants, Hyde Park fudge cake and holiday cookies, as well as its impressive dinner menu that uses local ingredients.
The building at 2900 Rio Grande was built in 1939 and in the 1970s was the Rome Inn concert hall.
The future of Texas French Bread is unknown at this time. Eater requested more information.