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 Breitbach's in Balltown, IA Destroyed by Fire

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bcoffeyia

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Breitbach's in Balltown, IA Destroyed by Fire Mon, 12/24/07 5:37 PM (permalink)
Yet another fire destroys what many would consider the most colorful and famous restaurant in Iowa. Operating since the 1850s, it was the oldest continual operating restaurant in Iowa, operated by 6 generation of the same family. Alton Brown stopped by on his Feasting on Asphalt tour last spring. What a loss - so many wonderful memories.
 
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    buffetbuster

    RE: Breitbach's in Balltown, IA Destroyed by Fire Mon, 12/24/07 6:13 PM (permalink)
    You've got to be kidding me!!!!! What is going on with all of these restaurants burning down?

    I have never been to this place, but I have a close friend who went to college in Iowa and loved the place. This place is so old, Jesse James once ate there. This is a real loss for the state of Iowa!

    Here is video:

    http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/12803832.html

    bcoffeyia-
    Thanks for letting us know about this and welcome to Roadfood!
     
    #2
      wheregreggeats.com

      RE: Breitbach's in Balltown, IA Destroyed by Fire Tue, 12/25/07 9:41 AM (permalink)
      I'm afraid we need a "burned down restaurants" category ...
       
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        wanderingjew

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        RE: Breitbach's in Balltown, IA Destroyed by Fire Tue, 12/25/07 10:07 AM (permalink)
        I don't know...
        I'm getting a little suspicious...

         
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          Jim Ross

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          RE: Breitbach's in Balltown, IA Destroyed by Fire Tue, 12/25/07 10:28 AM (permalink)
          Breitbach's was a wonderful place and I just hope they can come back. It was a 160 year old wooden building. It sure looked like the hardwood floors were original. When you think how dry the wood must have been it's lucky the workers were able to get out.
           
          #5
            buffetbuster

            RE: Breitbach's in Balltown, IA Destroyed by Fire Tue, 12/25/07 10:57 AM (permalink)
            FRom what I have read, it seems they do plan on rebuilding. But so much of the atmosphere will never be able to be replaced.
             
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              Jim Ross

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              RE: Breitbach's in Balltown, IA Destroyed by Fire Tue, 12/25/07 12:09 PM (permalink)
              Here is a write up from last summer, it does a good job describing what we have lost.

              http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071224/ENT02/71224029/-1/SPORTS01
               
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                jwagnerdsm

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                RE: Breitbach's in Balltown, IA Destroyed by Fire Thu, 12/27/07 11:27 AM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by Jim Ross

                Here is a write up from last summer, it does a good job describing what we have lost.

                http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071224/ENT02/71224029/-1/SPORTS01


                Here's another story saying Breitbach's will rebuild. Raspberry pie all around.

                http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=185080

                 
                #8
                  buffetbuster

                  RE: Breitbach's in Balltown, IA Destroyed by Fire Thu, 12/27/07 11:42 AM (permalink)
                  jwagnerdsm-
                  That is indeed good news! Thanks for the link.
                   
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