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Monett Pizza Hut rebuilding underway

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Monett Pizza Hut is coming back. Construction crews placed walls on a new foundation last week. Local owners hope to reopen in February 2011. [Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
Six months after a tornado flattened the Monett Pizza Hut, new walls have been erected for the restaurant.

"We're excited it's coming together," said Patricia Hopkins with Hammon-Kurtz, the Lebanon-based owner of the local Pizza Hut franchise. "We're ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work."

Hopkins said working out details with the insurance company and the franchise delayed rebuilding for several months. Construction crews started preparing the site for a new building in mid-October. The old foundation was removed and a new one poured. Pre-formed walls went into place quickly last week.

"We'll have exciting new things in the new store," Hopkins said. "We have a whole new decor package, a new design and a fresh look for Monett."

Pizza Hut offers options on the appearance of its restaurants. The final product will be a "surprise for Monett," she said.

The restaurant will stay the same size as before. According to the building permit, the facility will have 3,620 square feet and an estimated value of $599,000. Mark Williams and Associates, of Rolla, is the contractor.

Only the manager of the Monett restaurant remained on retainer. A couple of the old staff took positions at the Pizza Hut in Republic. Advertising will be placed to fill the remaining positions.

Hopkins said the company hopes to re-open the restaurant in February 2011 if weather for construction cooperates.

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