North Austin lunch institution destroyed by fire

When I started working in North Austin 4 years ago, one of the first places my co-workers took me to was Dot’s. As many of you may have heard, Dot’s was destroyed in a fire early Wednesday morning. I’ll have to admit that the building itself always looked a little suspect, but it had character and the food was amazing. It was home cooking served cafeteria-style. The only other local home cooking place that I think compares is Hoover’s over on the east side.

Dot had let her fire insurance lapse because of the cost, so rebuilding will probably require community support. I’m no fan of insurance companies, but this is an example where it’s a necessary evil, a point driven home for me earlier this week when my mother-in-law got into a minor accident in one of our cars.

3 Comments so far

  1. David Combs (unregistered) on October 21st, 2004 @ 11:10 am

    Dot’s will be missed. I hope they can either re-build or move to a new location. Awesome home-style cooking. The food tastes like the food your mother makes, if your mother can cook.

  2. ttrentham (unregistered) on October 25th, 2004 @ 8:27 pm

    There’s a BBQ benefit for Dot’s in the parking lot of the now destroyed business on Wednesday. I’d go, but I’m sure that it’s going to be packed.

  3. Rantor (unregistered) on October 27th, 2004 @ 10:48 am

    Anybody may contribute via the Web. Someone has set up a website for Dot, at:

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