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'It's unbelievable': Chicago Street Pub in De Pere reopens less than a month after crushing fire

Posted at 7:20 PM, Jul 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-20 20:25:39-04

DE PERE, Wis. (NBC 26) -- The time has finally come.

One of De Pere's most beloved eateries has opened its doors again after nearly a month.

After a fire left the Chicago Street Pub in pieces this past June, the restaurant has set up shop in a temporary location.

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The eatery is serving customers five minutes away from the burned-down location, using the Swan Club's building. The banquet hall is also owned by the same family.

"I think fortunate is probably the word to go with," General Manager Austin DeCleene said. "It's just to be where we were at about roughly three weeks ago and now to be reopening at this temporary spot, it's unbelievable."

The general manager says it will likely take six to eight months to rebuild Chicago Street's last structure. At the temporary location, the pub will have a condensed menu with pizza and wings.

According to authorities, the cause of the fire that destroyed the pub and a church in the same building will go down as undetermined.