Owners plan to rebuild Meredosia restaurant

By Nick Kovatch on December 27 at 6:45am

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Photo courtesy WICS ABC Newschannel 20.

The plan is to rebuild.

That’s what the owners of Main Street Café in Meredosia tell our reporting partners at WICS ABC Newschannel 20. The popular restaurant went up in smoke on Christmas Day.

Lawrence Johnson owns Main Street Café with his wife Melissa. He says they were going to have Christmas dinner at the restaurant. It took four hours to put the flames out. Johnson says a hollowed frame and a heap of furniture are all that remain.

“That’s what really hurts the most is to see all the time and effort and work that we put to get to where we were, and for it to be gone so quickly,” says Johnson.

The café’s employees are out of a job.

“I talked to a few of them and they just don’t know what they’re going to do to support themselves,” says Johnson.

Meanwhile, smoke stains village hall next door. The treasurer, village clerk and police are temporarily displaced. Meredosia’s mayor says it’s likely the entire ceiling is destroyed. He says he’s looking for another building to use temporarily for village business. The Meredosia Police Department is answering calls and conducting its business inside its fleet of police cars.

There’s still no word on what caused the fire, but firefighters say it’s not suspicious.

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