Belmond couple says goodbye to N. Iowa restaurant

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) — After some final goodbyes, a restaurant in the northern Iowa city of Belmond was demolished this week, more than three months after the structure was hit by a tornado.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports ( http://bit.ly/16tgBmD ) owners DuWayne and Deb Abel walked through Cattleman’s Steak and Provisions one last time Monday before the remnants of the building were demolished.

The restaurant was hit by a tornado June 12 that tore through part of the town, causing sporadic damage and downing power lines.

For the Abels, the tornado destroyed a business they bought 32 years ago when both were 24.

Deb Abel says, “It’s been our lives since we were 24.”

They haven’t decided whether to open another restaurant. DuWayne Abel notes buying a building and starting anew is expensive.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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