Residents reflect on luigis fire _ independence bulletin journal _ communitynewspapergroup. com

INDEPENDENCE- As reported last week, a fire destroyed Luigi’s Restaurant in Oelwein on November 12. Homemade spaghetti sauce recipe from scratch The blaze broke out around 3 p.m. Homemade italian spaghetti sauce recipe from scratch last Saturday and within a matter of hours had destroyed the nearly 60-year-old restaurant. Best homemade spaghetti sauce recipe from scratch Tuesday morning, we put out a request on our Facebook page for readers to reflect on the fire. Homemade pasta sauce recipe from scratch With little editing, what follows are those comments.

Gary Forney I left Oelwein over 35 years ago. Homemade spaghetti sauce without meat recipes So many places are gone.

Amanda Coonrad He catered our wedding!!!! Such wonderful food and people.

Nikki Garcia My dad was a truck driver. Homemade spaghetti sauce with meat recipe It was Thanksgiving and my family only did thanksgiving when my dad was home.

How to make homemade meatballs recipe Tradition you know. Homemade italian spaghetti meat sauce recipe One year my dad wasn’t able to be home on Thanksgiving so he told us to go out to dinner that day. How to make homemade turkey meatballs So we decided on Luigi’s for Thanksgiving and I will never forget how wonderful, kind, loving and sweet their staff was. How many calories in homemade spaghetti and meatballs The owner went around and wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving and the food was very delicious. Grandma's homemade italian sauce and meatballs recipes We always said if my dad wasn’t able to be home on Thanksgiving that Luigi’s is where we would go to celebrate. How to make homemade swedish meatballs We never had to go out on Thanksgiving again. Homemade meatballs no breadcrumbs But I do think of that meal every year and just how wonderful they were. Homemade sweet and sour meatballs in crockpot I have since moved to Mankato, MN and I do miss Luigi’s chicken! I am saddened by the loss in my previous community and I pray the family will stay strong and push forward. Homemade swedish meatballs in crockpot They are all wonderful people. Italian homemade meatballs recipe God bless them!

Bruce D Bearinger We have been going to Luigi’s for 23 years. Homemade spaghetti sauce with meatballs and sausage I have performed solo and with two different bands at the restaurant. Homemade meatballs in tomato sauce We have had many democratic party functions at Luigi’s. Homemade ground beef meatball recipe My fondest memory was my last fundraiser where Martin O’Malley performed with my son Kurt, my friend Clay Hallberg, and I.

Dena Fratzke My Mom worked there so did I. Homemade meatballs recipe jamie oliver We ordered our Thursday night chicken dinners there. Italian spaghetti meat sauce recipe homemade Now I don’t know where to go!!! I’m praying the family decides to rebuild or relocate here!!!

Evans Charles My grandma and I use to go there. Healthy homemade meatballs Every Sunday, loved the time we spent together, thank you for helping create those memories.

Risa Reid I remember watching the giant fish swim around in the aquarium if we had to wait for a table when we were little and went out to eat and being fascinated by all there was to look at (the photographs, the fountain, etc.).Worked there (my first waitressing job,) in high school (mid-late 1980’s.) Lou and Katherine were nothing but good to me during the time I worked for them. Homemade meatball sauce sweet and sour For some reason the thing I remember most about working there…aside from how good Lou and Katherine were to us, teaching us restaurant work, asking about and wanting to work around our sports and extracurricular activities schedules so we could do both…was the regulars (the mailman that came in every day, same order, plain hamburger, small milk, etc.) After I graduated it was where we’d go with my folks when back in town visiting, one of those places that you take for granted will be there forever. Homemade swedish meatballs crockpot I hope they rebuild and come back stronger than ever.

Bob Strempke Pillar of the city will be missed, went there many times with friends from Oelwein

Christa Zingg Stone My grandma worked as a cook there for many years, and my mom and her brothers band (Johnny Clendenen and the Impalas) played there on occasion.

Karen Hallett Hoaglan I have fond memories of events held there. Homemade spaghetti sauce with sausage My husband’s nephew had his graduation party there and when my nephew married his lovely wife they had their reception there. Healthy homemade turkey meatballs Sweet memories of family times are special even more because some are no longer with us.

Todd Temeyer Ate there on many Sunday afternoons for brunch, loved it. Homemade spaghetti sauce in crockpot Was the last restaurant that my dad got to eat at, and Betty was our waitress!

Nikki Garcia I almost forgot!!! They had amazing meatballs!!!!!

Carol Williams Many great memories. Homemade spaghetti sauce crock pot fresh tomatoes Good food and a great staff. Homemade spaghetti sauce in crockpot with fresh tomatoes Went here on many dates, with my husband.

Marla Wesner First job there. Homemade spaghetti sauce with italian sausage and ground beef Very young, now I’m 61. Homemade tomato sauce and meatballs Great memories and ate there many times after moving ahead to other jobs. Homemade spaghetti sauce italian sausage Remember first “disco”. Homemade spaghetti sauce with sausage recipe Many fond memories. Homemade spaghetti sauce crock pot recipe That ” Big Chicken” is as famous as the “Big Strawberry”!!

Heather Marie Turner We had spring formal there a couple times.

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