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UPDATE: 60-year-old Barrel Drive-In in Clear Lake demolished

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Barrel Drive-In in Clear Lake, known for its broasted chicken and homemade root beer, has been demolished nearly six decades after opening.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that an excavator began tearing down the Barrel Drive-In Monday morning.

The landmark had served Clear Lakers and northern Iowans since 1958 before closing down last year.

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Barrel Drive-In in Clear Lake, known for its broasted chicken and homemade root beer, has closed after nearly six decades, and some of the local are voicing their displeasure.

Julie Pals is a local photographer who snapped pictures of the diner's iconic barrel being hauled away Sept. 29. She tells the Globe Gazette that she's sad about the diner closing and had been hoping it could be saved.

The diner's owner and a real estate agent listed with the property declined to comment to the newspaper.

The Barrel Drive-In had been put up for sale earlier this year, after community members had rallied to try to save it, including creation of a "Save the Barrel" website.

Now, the nearest Barrel Drive-In is in West Union, about a 90-minute drive away.

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