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Iowa man with learning disabilities opening new restaurant

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CONRAD (KWWL) -

Doctors told an Iowa man there would be things he wouldn't be able to do, like ride a bike. But that didn't stop him.

Now he's getting ready to open his own restaurant in the fall.

Blaine Fisher has a learning disability. He also has a a steady job at the Casey's in Conrad, but the 25-year-old is ready to try something new. 

He's working to open a restaurant, and he'll hire people like himself.

The name of the restaurant will be Blaine's on Main. It will be a lunch and breakfast joint. 

Blaine says there aren't enough opportunities out there for people with disabilities, but he wants to change that. In his restaurant, he'll be hiring people with disabilities. 

"I want to give them an opportunity they might not have otherwise," Blaine says. 

Blaine's mom will also be helping out. She plans on quitting her day job to be a chef at the restaurant.

"He's taught me more than I could ever teach him. He's an amazing young man," she says. 

Some of the items on the menu will be named after people who have helped Blaine in his life. 

For example, "lunch ladies lasagna," is after the ladies he volunteers with at the high school in Conrad. 

The current owner plans to pay for most of the renovations, turning the lot into the new restaurant. 

Blaine will pay for a handicapped bathroom to be installed. 

Blaine's family says they are accepting money or furniture donations for the new restaurant. If you would like to help out, contact the Midwest One bank in Conrad, and tell them you would like to contribute to Blaine's on Main. 

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