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Bishop's expected to reopen

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The first Bishop's restaurant opened in downtown Waterloo back in 1920. The business has a long history with the community, but now questions surround its future. 

On December 14th a pipe burst inside the restaurant, which caused it to close for several weeks. It reopened for about a week, then the managers and assistant manager abruptly quit.

Employees say they didn't receive a check for the work they had done until after the January 1st. 

Michele Warnke, an attorney for Peak 15, the company that operates the business, says they were transitioning payroll companies at that time, but cut employees checks to get them buy. They did take out a standard 20 percent and will pay the employees any back-pay they may be owed.

Warnke would not say why the manager and assistant manager abruptly quit, but she said they closed the business without authorization. Warned also said that they have every intention of re-opening the store, but don't have a specific date for when that will happen.

Mall officials did not want to comment until they found out more information about the possible re-opening.

The first Bishop's opened in the Ellis Hotel in downtown Waterloo, but moved to Crossroads Mall in 1970. The restaurant closed in 2007 but re-opened in 2009. A new owner purchased the business in September.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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