Hamburg Inn No. 2 Reopens After Fire

By Stacey Murray, The Gazette

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Hamburg Inn No. 2 reopened Monday morning with employees serving breakfast to customers after a basement fire closed the restaurant for nearly three months and caused an estimated $200,000 in damage.

Owner Dave Panther said roughly 100 customers had returned to the Hamburg Inn No. 2 through the noon hour for the reopening.

The restaurant closed on May 18 after rags on a shelf in the basement self-ignited. The ground floor and upstairs apartments sustained smoke damage, while the blaze in the basement destroyed the water softener, water heater, basement ceiling, and electrical wiring.

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