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Breitbach's Country Dining will reopen


DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Iowa's oldest restaurant, Breitbach's Country Diner in Balltown announced Wednesday they will rebuild. The restaurant has been destroyed by fire twice in less than one year.

Volunteers helped rebuild after the first fire -- Christmas Eve 2007. Then -- just over three months ago -- on the 24th of October the restaurant was devastated by another fire.

It's been a long time coming for restaurant owner Mike Breitbach. The first fire, then the rebuild. And just four months after the restaurant reopened it burned again. But Wednesday's decision is exciting for everyone, but certainly not a surprise.

Since October's fire people have been using the famous Wine Shed as a gathering place for Breitbach regulars.

The family tells KWWL they've been waiting for their insurance company to guarantee that they will insure the new building. That confirmation came this morning and since then the news is flying around town.

"We're gonna be okay. We survived the first fire and no no was hurt in either fire so why not rebuild again," said Mike Breitbach.

Everything was lost in the second fire except for this Saint Francis Statue. He's the patron saint of animals and the environment. It's a statue people are now calling the patron saint of Breitbach's.

They plan to break ground on the new restaurant in mid-March. Of course none of this would be possible without the support of the community.

Officials have not determined a cause of either of the fires.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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