Popular BBQ burns after possible arson attack – Days after graffiti
A devastating fire has swept through a popular Oakland barbecue restaurant, leaving its owner Matt Horn facing an uncertain future. The Horn Barbecue, located on Mandela Parkway, was vandalized with graffiti just days before the blaze broke out on Tuesday morning.
When Horn’s prep crew arrived for work, they were met with a horrifying sight: the back of the building was engulfed in flames. Firefighters from the Oakland Fire Department quickly responded to the scene and managed to extinguish the blaze, but the damage was extensive.
The fire has been deemed suspicious, and investigators are currently looking into the cause. Surveillance video from a neighboring business shows that the fire started nearly an hour before dispatchers received the call.
Horn is now left with the difficult decision of whether to repair the damage and reopen the restaurant or close it for good. He is also considering running his business out of a food truck on the property.
The Horn Barbecue was recognized by Michelin as one of California’s most affordable eateries in 2021, and the James Beard Foundation named it a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in 2022. The restaurant was a beloved fixture in the Oakland community, and its loss is a major blow to the city’s culinary scene.
Horn has started a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for the restoration of the restaurant. He is currently seeking $150,000, and any donations would be greatly appreciated.