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Small town restaurant destroyed by overnight fire

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GRUBBS, AR (KAIT) – The small town of Grubbs is saddened after an early morning fire destroys the last restaurant in town.

Eagles Nest, formally known as Cook's Café is a total loss. The fire happened around 2:30 Wednesday morning, according to Grubbs Fire Chief Danny Davis.

"We've got Bradford's Car Lot and we have the grocery store and that's all that's left," said Eagles Nest Owner Evon Ussery. "This will kill Grubbs."

It's a loss for Grubbs that affects more than just business. The nearly 50-year-old building is home to many memories.

"It always came back to Mr. Cook and his café and that's what started us," said Ussery. "We wanted to keep that memory going."

She said the restaurant has been the go-to place for residents, farmers and even folks from surrounding communities.

"We have people from Newport, Amagon, Tuckerman and Cash," she said. "They all come here to eat lunch with us."

One resident said the restaurant won't affect the town physically because it had already gone downhill after the loss of the school. However, he feels losing the restaurant will affect the town emotionally.

"I hated to see it," said Ralph Norris. "It's a pretty good loss to the city."

Doug Bradford of Bradford's Car Lot next store saw the small town staple burn to the ground.

"My daughter came in and woke us up about three in the morning crying," said Bradford. "We came out and sure enough it was blazing already and it's just going to put a hurt on the community."

Ussery and her mother, who regulars know as "Grandma", said they'll do what they can to continue to serve their customers.

"We can't let them down, we'll do something," she said. "It may take us a little bit of time but we'll do something."

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