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Cattleman's restaurant finds new home after Belmond tornado

Cattleman's restaurant finds new home after Belmond tornado


BELMOND | After a tornado heavily damaged their Belmond restaurant in June 2013, owners Deb and DuWayne Abel weren't sure they would ever reopen.

However, Cattleman's Steak and Provisions now will have a new home in the Belmond Country Club building.

"We are excited," Deb said.

The goal is to reopen the restaurant by late spring.

"It will be a lot of work, but that's OK," Deb said.

The Belmond Country Club stockholders gave their approval Tuesday for the Abels to purchase the building.

Golfers playing the country club course will be able to use the basement for their activities when needed.

The rest of the building will be a restaurant and bar open to the public on a daily basis.

Deb said a lot of renovation needs to be done before the restaurant can open. She noted she and DuWayne are considering building an addition to the kitchen.

The menu will be similar to the one at the old Cattleman's location, which the Abels purchased more than 30 years ago.

Deb said they will continue to serve Tex-Mex food, as that was popular with customers.

What was left of the old Cattleman's restaurant after the June 12 tornado was demolished in September.

At that time the Abels were unsure if they would ever reopen.

They weren't able to rebuild at the old site, and there weren't a lot of other options in Belmond, Deb said.

However, officials with the country club approached the couple, suggesting they buy the country club building.

"It's kind of a win-win for the community and the golf course," Deb said.


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