Green Gables rebuild clears government hurdle
MCLEAN COUNTY (25 News Now) - A popular McLean County restaurant that burned down in a devastating fire last May is a step closer to opening again at the same location near Lake Bloomington, north of the Twin Cities.
Green Gables’ owners Kyle and Amy Tague won approval for their plans during a public hearing Tuesday evening before the county’s zoning board of appeals.
The owners received variances because the business will be rebuilt on a relatively small piece of property that didn’t have zoning rules when it was built decades ago.
As 25 News reported Friday night, the new Green Gables will seat approximately 80 customers, up from about 55. It will also have a pair of flat-top grills instead of one to make their famous burgers, and there will be more parking.
An early estimate of the cost to rebuild Green Gables is $1.2 million, with recent fundraisers and donations helping out.
The owners still need to obtain a building permit, but they hope construction will start next spring.
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