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Last week, a stain 5feet high on the wall of Blend, a restaurant in downtown Cedar Rapids, marked the height of recent floodwaters.
Mud was everywhere, and tables and chairs were “every which way,” said Mark Young, one of three owners.
Today, the place is gutted — clean and decontaminated. “Just about everything came out,” Young said. “A whole lot of work got done in a few days.”
The credit goes to co-owners Andy Deutmeyer and Vic Kuper, the restaurant’s chefs, and their friends and family, said Young, a physician.
Now, the restaurateurs are awaiting refinancing before they hire contractors.
Young hopes a Small Business Administration loan will help the owners get the operation going again.
“If the financing came through relatively quickly, we could be open in two to three months,” Young said. “But that’s a big if.”
The owners never considered closing permanently, Young said. “We were all of one mind about what we would do,” he said.
He believes a revitalized downtown will emerge from the flood devastation. “We have a great opportunity,” Young said. “With the right amount of money and effort, we can build a better downtown.”
Blend’s section begins at :45 and ends at 1:50.
Went to HS with Mr. Kuper. Expect another post advertising their reopening.