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Restaurant perseveres after fire

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Courtesy: Frank Phelps Courtesy: Frank Phelps

A family owned business is suffering a devastating setback when a fire tore through the restaurant just days before the busiest time of the year.

On Friday they were back on their feet and persevering through the hardships.

Earlier this month the Riverside Roadhouse in Caseville burned down just a little more than a week before the annual Cheeseburger Festival in Caseville.

Owner Sandy Monette said she looks forward to seeing customers.

"I can't wait. We have millions of people every day stopping and wishing us the best and they're all there for us," Monette said.

The community is continuing to stand behind the restaurant, making their voices hear by signing a wall vowing to support the business through the festival and beyond.

"It warms your heart and I know it warms Sandy's heart. And oh my God, I mean that's going to be full. You won't even find a place before the weekend is up," said Beverly Dubey, close friend of Monette's.

Other eateries are doing what they can to lend a hand to one of their own.

"Take some of the equipment that the DJ can, that he's known for and put it across the street and do karaoke and kind of keep that vibe and keep the Riverside alive that way. You know, probably do donations for it as well so we can help her get up and running and make some money this year," said Michael Rankey, employee at Key North.

Monette is optimistic and comforted by the community that refuses to let a fire snuff out her business.

"I'm just hoping for success. I'm just hoping everybody comes and visits us and I'm so excited," Monette said.

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