Early Morning Fire Destroys More than Just a Lubbock Restaurant - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/21/02

Early Morning Fire Destroys More than Just a Lubbock Restaurant

Lubbock lost more than just a restaurant. The Four Bar K was also a place where priceless collectibles made the party room unique to the Lubbock area. It is also a place were popular country singers got their start.

"God this is unbelievable," said musician Marc Mason Harper. Harper has played his music live at the Four Bar K Restaurant for eight years every Friday afternoon. He is shocked this could happen to a place unique to Lubbock. "Just the view from the stage in the back room is what I'll miss," Harper said.

And it is hard to believe the black rubble which was once a rustic room filled with priceless antique stoves, western saddles, historic pictures of old cowboys, and legendary country singers is gone. But it is harder for owner Chuck Kershner that 15 years of hard work is nothing but ashes now.

The Four Bar K was a very popular place for Lubbockites to relax and some believe it is an asset lost, "Well, I think it is, this was a great place to come to on Fridays for lunch, free beer, good barbecue, music, what else is there?" said one patron.

"You can't replace this place at all. You can't rebuild it, the uniqueness is something you just can't match," said Harper.

Now, all that is left is a charred building, submerged in water, and completely gone. Fire investigators have ruled out arson and do not know what caused the fire. Several local business have booked Christmas parties at the Four Bar K, and the owners told NewsChannel 11 they will move the parties to either the Baker Building or the Downtown Diner.

At this time the owners do not know if they plan to rebuild the restaurant.

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