The fire sparked around 11 p.m. on Jan. 24 and firefighters battled the blaze into the early morning. No one was injured but the fire collapsed the roof of the building and caused $1.6 million in damages.
The GoFundMe was organized by Ilana Panich-Linsman, a friend of Texas French Bread owners Murph and Carissa Willcott, and has already raised $106,324 of its $100,000 goal to go toward the damages as the community rallies around the restaurant. It was created around 11 a.m. Thursday
Panich-Linsman said all of the money will go directly to the Wilcotts, who will, in turn, decide how to distribute it. Many of the donations came with heartfelt notes, sharing what the restaurant meant to the community.
A host of local businesses, even bakeries, donated in support of the bakery.
The support didn't end on their GoFundMe, as fans of the bakery took to social media to mourn the loss.
Texas French Bread was the first place I remember having bread that didn’t come in a plastic bag from a grocery store. I didn’t start baking bread myself until years later, but TFB taught me what bread could taste like https://t.co/E6RpbpFvbW
— Monster is sweet potato (she/her) (@RochelleJennin7) January 25, 2022
You may have already seen this on The News but yeah the historic facade of the building is gone after the Texas French Bread fire. It really tied the neighborhood together and had decades of cultural history here pic.twitter.com/vG2AU9op8M
— Jordan (@AimIessFriend) January 25, 2022
texas french bread burnt down. the good in this world is gone
— makena :) (@makenapatterso2) January 25, 2022
It is still unclear what will happen to the beloved bakery, as the GoFundMe stated that the owners are still unclear as to what kind of reimbursement they will receive.
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Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.