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Cedar Rapids Neighbors Say Goodbye To Restaurant/Neighborhood Icon

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP/KGAN/KFXA) -- Cedar Rapids officials have awarded a contract to demolish more flood-damaged houses and a former restaurant.

The city says in a news release Friday that officials awarded a $131,178 demolition contract to the D.W. Zinser Company to demolish the buildings between Sept. 9 and Sept. 30.

The company will tear down 12 residential building and the former A&W Family Restaurant. Some residents tried to preserve and restore the restaurant, where food was delivered to people while they sat in their cars. That effort failed, and all that will be retained is the restaurant's sign, which will be donated to the Carl and Mary Koehler History Center in Cedar Rapids.

The St. James United Lutheran Church which is just up the street from the A&W is planning an event called, Flashback on Ellis. The event will pay tribute to the neighborhood icon. It will feature coney dogs, onion rings, root beer floats and even 50s music. It is planned for September 28th from 3:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. The event is open to the public.

The city has demolished 1,123 residential structures, 572 accessory structures and 122 commercial buildings that were damaged in the 2008 flooding.

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