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Revived Boatel restaurant booming in Naples

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After years of planning and construction, the Boatel is open once again.  The surrounding community has been without the restaurant since it burned down in 1991.

In Naples, a town with a population of about 100 people, you wouldn't expect to find a restaurant like this.

And for more than 20 years there wasn't anything here.

But that changed when a few people decided to take it upon themselves to rebuild a restaurant that meant so much to the community. Something Fran Goetze says reminds her of how things used to be before the last restaurant burned down in the early 90s.

"We don't have very many restaurants in Bluffs. I know they do in Meredosia but this is going to draw people from a long way off like it used to," Goetze said.

But this restaurant isn't meant to attract just locals. Scott Andress drove half an hour to eat at Evandy's Boatel, and he's excited to have the Boatel back.

"I think it's really neat. I mean this place has been a part of history, and as this grows I'm sure they'll have more river memorabilia in here," Andress said. "They used to have a ton in the old Boatel, and it's just really neat that they got this back because it's a unique restaurant for the whole area."

Eric Van Gundy and Charlie Evans are co-owners of the Boatel, and say this wasn't always the plan.

When they bought this land, they had no intention of building a restaurant, but decided to take on the task when people in the area spoke out.

"When the word got out that the property had changed hands from the original owner who had owned it when it burnt, so many people came up to us and say you really need to rebuild where that restaurant was because that is so missed," Evans said.

To see more information about the history of the Boatel, you can click on this link.

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