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West Union bar to re-open after fire

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WEST UNION (KWWL) - The Top Hat Tavern was one of two businesses destroyed in a fire in West Union on November 5th.

Authorities in Fayette County told KWWL on Wednesday they might not ever know the cause of the fire and have ruled the cause as "undetermined."

Meanwhile, Roy Guenther, owner of the Top Hat Tavern, hasn't let the devastation stop him from moving forward.

With the help of dozens of volunteers, Guenther said he plans to open up the Top Hat in a new location at 106 S. Vine in West Union as early as Friday.

Guenther said firefighters salvaged the original sign, and it's all that's left from the building that was a part of his family's life for more than 36 years.

"It's a little beat up, but I'm battered, too, I guess. So me and the sign go hand-in-hand, but I'm not defeated, neither is the sign, and neither is the concept," said Guenther.

Guenther has had his share of obstacles this year.

A stroke sent him to the hospital for five weeks in April; seven months later, he watched his livelihood go up in flames.

"You can look for good things or bad things, and I'm going to try to look for good things I guess," he said.

Guenther said he plans to re-open the Top Hat by the weekend.

Progress can be followed on the Top Hat Tavern's Facebook page here.
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