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McLean County loses one of its most popular restaurants

Published: May. 9, 2022 at 10:17 PM CDT
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HUDSON (Heart of Illinois ABC) - One of McLean County’s most popular burger stops is now a pile of debris after a devastating fire. Green Gables in Hudson was well known for many miles.

“We were just there. It’s just a shock,” said Tod Williamson, president of the Lake Run Club.

Looking at what was left of Green Gables was a shock to Williamson and the rest of the Lake Bloomington community.

“Just a good friendly place. People come all over for it,” said Williamson.

The restaurant was a staple in the community since 1929, but it came burning down Monday afternoon.

Just this weekend, about 400 people gathered there for the 42nd annual Lake Run.

“This is a real staple with our club. We have multiple races here a year,” said Williamson.

Several agencies battled the fire for more than 4 hours.

“With the winds today...winds swept through the building pretty fast,” said Hudson Asst. Fire Chief Aaron Kinder.

Kinder said they were working to figure out what caused the fire. He said it began in the south end of the building, not the kitchen.

“Because there was such heavy damage inside we got a lot of spots we can’t get to. We can’t send anybody safely inside the building,” said Kinder.

People were inside when the fire began, but they all got out without injuries before crews arrived.

Dozens of people were there to watch the building in its final moments.

“It’s been a staple in our family. We’ve ate out here year after year,” said Kinder.

Williamson says there’s going to be a hole in the community, but he’s ready to support any type of comeback.

“Just heart breaking, just heartbreaking. I hope they rebuild. I sure hope they do,” said Williamson.

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