Fire Destroys Landmark Texas BBQ Restaurant

WHARTON (August 6, 2014) Hinze's Bar-B-Q in Wharton went up in flames Monday evening just before the dinner rush after a pit fire got out of control.

The landmark Texas barbecue restaurant, which was a roadside staple on U.S. Highway 59 for more than 40 years, burned to the ground.

A grease fire started in a barbecue pit behind the restaurant and spread to flammable liquids in the kitchen area, Wharton’s fire chief said.

At least 70 firefighters from several departments battled the flames, a constable said.

Smoke was visible from 12 miles away.

No one was injured.

The owners are working with their insurance company and will likely rebuild from scratch, an employee said.