AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s not even a day old and a fundraising account for an iconic central Austin bakery exceeded its goal.
A GoFundMe account for the Texas French Bread Bakery met its goal of $100,000 Wednesday with several donations from community members of $1,000 or more. As of Wednesday morning, two donations came in at $3,000.
The bakery on Rio Grande Street burned to the ground early Tuesday morning, and damage was estimated by the Austin Fire Department at $1.6 million.
A press release from GoFundMe said the account raised nearly half of its goal in just seven hours. As of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the account raised $109,170.
It’s unclear what insurance will contribute to a rebuild or future operating costs, but people who have donated to the cause further prove the point that the bakery was a staple of the area and needs to return.
“I have had many delicious meals and time with friends at TFB,” said someone who donated to the fund. “This is a huge loss to Austin. I am grateful that all are safe and hope TFB will find a way to come back!”
One woman KXAN talked to at the scene of the fire said it was “like losing a little bit more of Austin.”
The building itself housed the bakery since 1981, but it was a rocking place before then. Known as the Rome Inn during the 1970s, it was an intimate concert venue where famous Texas musician Stevie Ray Vaughan used to play.