Fire halts anticipated opening of Nick & Bubba’s Beer, Butts and Clucks

A fire at a soon to open BBQ restaurant is under investigation by state officials.

A fire at a soon to open BBQ restaurant is under investigation by state officials.

Those in the know were looking forward to visiting Nick & Bubba’s Beer, Butts and Clucks barbeque restaurant Wednesday, July 27, for what Judge Mike Hinson called a soft opening. “It’s terrible that this has happened right now,” said Hinson Sunday night while firemen were cleaning up after battling the 9:10 p.m. call to ‘fire showing through the roof.’

Owner Nick Spicer said Tuesday that investigators haven’t told him anything yet but that Mike Gamber with the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s office would be letting him know when he could.

Gamber told the Herald that circumstances of this fire make it questionable. “We have to go through all the pieces and start eliminating them one by one until we find the answer.” He said that the Fire Marshal’s office was working with TBI on the case.

Hohenwald Fire Chief Steve Vineyard said that only the upper floor suffered fire damage. The ground floor had water damage. Firemen vented heat and smoke through a hole created in the roof as well as windows on the second floor.

Codes Enforcer Brad Rasbury said that Spicer was down to his final inspection. “Now we have to go back in and see if roof trusses or floor joists have been compromised. If so, new certification will be required.”

“We have insurance. It’ll be okay,” said Spicer. But the opening will not be as soon as hoped.

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