Brennan's, a Culinary Landmark is destroyed
Three people were severely injured and a Houston culinary landmark was left in ashes early Saturday by a fire that erupted as Hurricane Ike began to barrel into town.
Brennan's Restaurant, a Midtown institution famous for its turtle soup and bananas foster and a time-honored eatery among local society, was ruined by the blaze. A 45-year-old man and his 4-year-old daughter, along with a third man who was not related to them, were taking refuge from the storm inside the brick structure.
....Firefighters struggled in vain for hours to contain the fire, which was whipped by ever gusting winds that blew from all directions. With no hope for the restaurant, fire officials concentrated on keeping the fire from reaching nearby buildings....
The task of containment grew even more daunting as the winds increased. Dangerous debris — felled trees and limbs, unhinged stoplights, awnings, road signs, shopping carts — skittered through the streets, with nearby taller buildings funneling gusts directly toward the flames. - Houston Chronicle
Brennan's of Houston: Hash Brown-crusted Chicken Pontalba
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