Fire-gutted Evansville tavern torn down

A nearly 130-year-old structure was torn down Monday after a fire gutted the business in October.

The fire at the Night Owl Food and Spirits on East Main Street in Evansville started around 10:15 p.m. on Oct. 5 on the building’s back porch before spreading to the roof and engulfing the building, fire officials said.

Fire-gutted Evansville tavern torn down

Demolition on the historic building began Monday, four months after the blaze.

It was an emotional day for bar owner Greg Ardisson, who ran the business with this sons and said it was a tough loss.

“It’s sad to see it go,” Ardisson said. “It’s not just the 34 years that I was here, but that building is nearly 130 years old and it’s a very significant part of the Evansville history. It was the original grain store. They sold plows and flowers and boots. And you know, it was the hub of the downtown area.”

Fire-gutted Evansville tavern torn down

Ardisson said he plans to rebuild and replace the structure with something similar. He hopes to be up and running by the fall. He had just opened a pizzeria on the lower level in August, two months before the fire.

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