ATASCOCITA, Texas – A restaurant that fed thousands in need during Hurricane Harvey will re-open Friday, 47 days after a devastating fire.
The owners of Tin Roof BBQ and Steaks trimmed fat off ribs, seasoned, then smoked brisket and pork low and slow Thursday evening. Though in business for 16 years, the owners felt fired up like never before.
“This is something a little extra special,” said Brek Webber, whose parents opened the restaurant.
After a month of empty tables with sides of stress, they are ready to serve customers again. They served many for free during Hurricane Harvey.
Webber saw people lose homes and cars while his family lost nothing. So when Humble ISD asked his family to feed 50 police officers stuck without food, the son of a retired cop and father of twin 5-year-olds could hardly say no.
“People needed something,” Webber said. “You can’t let people in your community go hungry. I didn’t have a boat. I didn’t have a big truck. I couldn’t go out and help people, but I could help them get a warm meal and by giving them a glimmer of hope.”
Fire later wiped out the Webbers' restaurant. It took weeks to rebuild their damaged smokehouse and food prep room. However, like the steel smokers that survived the blaze, the Webbers and their employees stood strong thanks to many calls from supporters.
“People from our community (saying) when are you going to get back,” Webber said. “That give you the drive of hey, people want us back.”
Tin Roof will re-open at 11 am. Friday.