Signs that say "Now Open," are popping up all over West Liberty, and that's a good thing for a town looking to pick itself up after a deadly tornado.
"This is really something the way business places are coming back," admitted Lynn Nickell, a longtime resident of West Liberty.
While many things are being rebuilt in West Liberty, there's one place in particular that a lot of people are talking about: the Freezer Fresh.
"Everybody I see, I say, 'Guess what!? The Freezer Fresh is coming back!" exclaimed Shirley Terry.
"One person said, 'We don't care if you don't build anything in West Liberty, (just) be sure the Freezer Fresh is," said James Elam, a former owner of the restaurant.
"It's the heart of the county as far as I'm concerned," stated Patsy Hensley, a loyal customer.
The Freezer Fresh has been a landmark in West Liberty dating back to the 1950's, when Nickell first built it after seeing a Dairy Queen during his time in the service.
"I saw one (Dairy Queen) on the island of Guam and I thought that's what I'll do in West Liberty," said Nickell about founding the Freezer Fresh.
"Well the Freezer Fresh is our landmark. It's the place where we'd gather after ballgames and church on Sundays my dad would bring me," recalled Hensley.
"It's gone against Hardee's, Dairy Cheer, McDonald's and whatever they put in West Liberty, and it holds its own," boasted Nickell.
The small burger and shake joint may have withstood the competition, but it couldn't withstand the EF-3 tornado on March 2nd.
"It's just like losing a family member when you come back and see it's gone," described Elam.
However, the return has everyone's heart skipping a beat, and their stomachs growling for their favorite treat.
"Oh, definitely a milkshake! Maybe a peanut butter, or butterscotch. Oh!" sighed Terry.
Showing that signs of life is coming back to a town that was nearly wiped off the map. No word yet, on when the Freezer Fresh will be ready.
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