Tomball Fire responded to Mel’s Cafe in the 24000 block of Stanolind in Tomball. Magnolia Fire assisted and arrived with heavy smoke visible. Mel’s Country Cafe has been in the Weirich family since the beginning. Charles Weirich Sr. (Collie) built the original building for his wife Mary in 1977 and called it Mary’s Fried Chicken. All of the ingredients used were grown and purchased from the local farms in the area. In 1985, Mary’s Fried Chicken became Mel’s Cafe; named for her only daughter, Melody. The menu was changed to hamburgers, with the largest being the Mel Burger. With the influx of “foreigners” from up north, Tomball was starting to grow in population, and it eventually absorbed Hufsmith. With the increase in population, came the pressure to expand the business, but Mary and Melody liked things just the way they were with low prices and happy customers. Mel’s Cafe was renamed Mel’s Country Cafe in 1994. The menu was expanded to include other country favorites like fried catfish and chicken fried steak. The Mega Mel Burger was created to top the Mel Burger and provide a challenge to all the new “city-folk” who were moving into the area. Along with the menu, the building was expanded, and the parking lot is now the site where the post office and grocery store once stood when it burned in 1993.