Food critics can really roast a restaurant.
But Nicholas Hall, food reviewer and contributor for the Houston Press, reportedly did the opposite earlier this week, helping to save Riel from certain incineration after a fire reportedly broke out outside the Montrose eatery.
Hall said he spotted the fire driving his kids to school, when he passed by the restaurant and noticed commotion; he said he joined another bystander already stopped on the scene alerting a few people inside the building about the flames.
Hall then said he used a small fire extinguisher in his trunk to help control the fire, and a neighbor brought over stainless steel bowls of water; a man Hall said he believed to be associated with the restaurant eventually brought out a larger extinguisher.
Hall’s daughter reportedly called 911.
According to reports, Houston fire officials saved the building from extensive damage.
Authorities said they believe the blaze began when a recycling bin outside the restaurant ignited — possibly from a pedestrian’s tossed match.
The investigation is reportedly ongoing at this time.