KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
February 20, 2021
By Natalie Cook Clark
The Midway BBQ restaurant in Old Katy went up in flames overnight in a devastating fire. Local residents mourn the loss and urge people to support Midway’s historic meat market during this difficult time.
Firefighters responded to the fire at the popular Old Katy restaurant at 6025 Highway Boulevard overnight.
“This is one fire I wish I never had to work on,” Travis Scott, a firefighter who worked on the fire, wrote on Facebook. “I hate to say it, and it might be preemptive, but Midway BBQ is a total loss.”
Long-time Katy Business
In the 1990s, Herman Meyer opened a shack on the side of the Midway Meat Market in Katy because he said his customers had nowhere to go for good BBQ. That concept evolved into the Midway Bar-B-Q, located just down the road from the original location. The 8500 square foot full-service restaurant featured a banquet room, and offered offsite catering.
Katy Fire Department Information Release
Residents can still support the business at this time by continuing to shop at the meat market at 5901 Highway Boulevard.
“One thing about Katy, Texas is the staple business of Midway BBQ and owner Mr. Herman Meyer, and a meeting place for many organizations,” says Chris Harris, Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Katy.
Both the Midway BBQ restaurant and the meat market flooded during Harvey and had to rebuild.
Katy Families Remember Favorite Restaurant
Katy resident Pam Whittaker has many fond memories of Midway Bar-B-Q, and is devastated by the news of the fire.
"They have always been our family go-to for celebrations," says Pam Whittaker. "They were gracious enough to allow us to host our son's Eagle Scout ceremony in their banquet room. Whenever I have a friend in need, their family meal deal was my go-to."
Kimberly Ceyanes said she and her family would regularly run into coaches, teachers, and friends at Midway Bar-B-Q.
"We love the small-town feel, amazing BBQ, and Katy hospitality," says Kimberly Ceyanes. "(This is a) huge loss for Katy. Praying for a complete restoration."
“I hope that for Mr. Meyer, employees and the Katy community he is able to reopen very soon,” says Harris. “A very sad morning.”
The cause of the fire has yet to shared. This is a developing story.