Grandin Village helps rebuild Community Inn Restaurant

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - The Community Inn Restaurant is still a few months from opening after a fire.

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Mont Morrow manages the Community Inn, but his duties have shifted after a fire closed the business on Easter Sunday this year.

"Used to get up, come down here and do what I've got to do,' Morrow, Manager and Vice-President of the Community Inn Restaurant, said.

Now, he helps manage the demolition and rebuilding of the place his family has owned since 1977.

"I still come down look, see what they're doing, but it's not the same," he said.

His focus is on getting it back to what it once was, as some call it, an institution.

"The CI is a place where it wasn't just a opportunity for food, you would go there for meetings, you know my other office is the CI . . . it's one of Roanoke's last true remaining neighborhood pubs," Ian Fortier, Executive Director of the Grandin Theatre Foundation, said.

Fortier is known as a 'regular.' The two businesses are neighbors.

"I go to the Community Inn all the time, like 2 or 3 times a week," Fortier said.

And he's not alone. Many folks in the Grandin Village frequented the CI.

"Not having them there is kind of like missing a limb," Fortier added.

So it's no surprise the village has come together to help rebuild it.

"There's been several fundraisers held . . . they did a school house pizza fundraiser to help raise money also, Buffalo Wild Wings has done stuff, some of the breweries are helping out too," Morrow said.

They've done more than Morrow ever could have expected.

"I knew we'd have support, but I never thought it would be to that extent," he said.

Morrow hopes to see his business open in the next few months.

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