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Chris Madrid’s Restaurant to Rebuild After Weekend Fire

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“This isn’t exactly how we thought our Sunday was going to go like, but all in all we’re counting our blessings,” Richard Peacock, the new owner of Chris Madrid’s, told KSAT after a fire broke out inside of the restaurant this weekend. Even though photos on Facebook show that the flames did considerable damage to the interior of the eatery, Peacock is relieved that no one was hurt during the incident since the restaurant is closed on Sundays.

Peacock has only been the owner of San Antonio’s popular north-of-downtown burger joint for 45 days before the fire took place. The restaurant has been open for 45 years, and while the fire was a huge shock, Peacock plans to rebuild as soon as possible and come back “…even better than before.”

On Facebook, Peacock wrote a post detailing how thankful he was that the damage wasn’t worse. “The fire, smoke and water damage was largely contained to the back area of the cantina. This simply would not have been possible without the thoughtful, intentional and kind efforts of ‘our’ firefighters from the San Antonio Fire Department,” he said. Peacock added that it will be several weeks before they are able to reopen, but his employees’ jobs and wages are secure until then.