Biancke's in Cynthiana reopens after fire

CYNTHIANA, Ky. (WKYT) - Biancke's in Cynthiana is welcoming loyal customers again.

People showed up with smiles and empty stomachs Monday, ready to celebrate the survival of a place very special to the community.

It's not just a center piece of downtown Cynthiana, Biancke's is a center piece of life.

"I've been working here since I was 15-years-old but something about reopening today I was excited and nervous too. I don't know why. Even though it's only been a week and a half it feels like we've been closed for a month," says Mary Todd Ashworth

Just a little less than two weeks after a fire nearly destroyed the restaurant, a place that holds the history of this area. It's a yearbook of who's who, from Dick Clark to Joe B. Hall.

"It feels good to be back open again now that everything on our end is done. Hopefully we'll make a good comeback and makeup for that week and a half of money that we didn't bring in," says Ashworth.

And the patrons were ready.

"We have a lot of regular customers," says Ashworth. "They were all back in here this morning. They were all back in this morning, the first ones through the door."

"We've come here since I was real little," says Colin Coy, a longtime customer. "It's been a fixture in my life."

A fixture that runs so deep, Coy's great uncle can be found on the wall.

This is also a place that was a must for Colin Coy's 16th birthday.

"It's kind of special to me."

While there is still work to be done to the damaged dining room, the doors are open and more history is being made.

Demolition will start in the damaged dining room Tuesday. The owner says remodeling will take four to six months, but she hopes to have it reopened by Christmas.

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