Cleburne Cafeteria reopens in Houston after devastating fire

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- If you love Cleburne Cafeteria, we've got some great news.

The restaurant on Bissonnet near Edloe in southwest Houston has reopened after being shut down by a devastating fire.

Earlier this week, some lucky patrons had a chance to try it out for free as cafeteria cooks and staff prepare for their grand re-opening.

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Owner George Mickelis told Eyewitness News he would rebuild, and rebuild he did.

WATCH: Melanie Lawson goes inside the new Cleburne Cafeteria
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After a long wait, Cleburne Cafeteria owner George Mickelis told ABC13's Melanie Lawson the restaurant is reopening on Friday.

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Cleburne Cafeteria will reopen its doors after being shuttered by a fire.

The dry run kind of happened by chance, Mickelis said.

"We cooked a little food this morning to test the temperature, but I realized we had a lot of food left," Mickelis said. "Cooking for a cafeteria, you cook for large quantities. I can't throw this out, so I flagged people down. We need some guinea pigs. Come try some free food."

Anchor Melanie Lawson was able to get a sneak peek at the newly-remodeled restaurant.

Cleburne Cafeteria officially reopens on Friday.

Greg Bailey talks to owner, George Mickelis about Cleburne's reopening
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VIDEO: SkyEye video of damage to Cleburne's Cafeteria
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Aerial video of damage to Cleburne's Cafeteria

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