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Mid City Bud's Broiler to Reopen for Endymion

In just a couple of weeks, Mid City meat lovers will reclaim their favorite burger joint. The original Bud's Broiler (500 City Park Avenue) is nearly operational after a fire wiped out part of the kitchen in October. They’ve been slinging patties on their black skillet since 1952, and owner Shannon McGuire is anxious to get back in business. The restaurant will reopen for Endymion.


Everything was running as usual when McGuire went out to get some onions on October 26, 2012. A few minutes into her errand, she received a call that the building had caught fire. “The mortar fell through the back end of the chimney, and the fire went through the chimney,” explained McGuire. Luckily, no one was injured.


“I had just passed my inspections. I was ready for Voodoo Fest,” said McGuire. Despite the three-month struggle to get back on their feet, the team at Bud’s Broiler is grateful to be together again, revved up for Carnival season.


Since the fire, the resto has gotten “new appliances like a new chimney, and all new fire hoods,” McGuire said. Loyal fans need not fear for flavor—the original grill is still intact. “We have the same black iron skillet,” McGuire said. “We just put more bricks around it and fixed the mortar, I had to get a new roof. We just made improvements on the inside.”


Although the fire was a trial for McGuire and her team, the local business owner said she feels “blessed.” Another longtime employee, Wilbert Butler, was instrumental in the resto's recovery. "Mr. Wilbert came and opened the door up for workers hundreds of time every day," said McGuire. "He was just wonderful through all of this."


“We’re going to be better than ever, I got to keep all my people. God is good,” said McGuire. Bud’s insurance covered paid leave for McGuire’s employees while they were out of work.


Stop by Bud’s Broiler a few blocks off the route for Endymion on Saturday, February 9. Paying customers will have potty access, so fill up on comfort food.

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