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60-year-old Barrel Drive-In in Clear Lake Closes its Doors

60-year-old Barrel Drive-In in Clear Lake Closes its Doors

October 07, 2017 10:26 AM

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Barrel Drive-In in Clear Lake, known for its broasted chicken and homemade root beer, has closed after nearly six decades, and some of the local are voicing their displeasure.

Julie Pals is a local photographer who snapped pictures of the diner's iconic barrel being hauled away Sept. 29. She tells the Globe Gazette that she's sad about the diner closing and had been hoping it could be saved.

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The diner's owner and a real estate agent listed with the property declined to comment to the newspaper.

The Barrel Drive-In had been put up for sale earlier this year, after community members had rallied to try to save it, including creation of a "Save the Barrel" website.

Now, the nearest Barrel Drive-In is in West Union, about a 90-minute drive away.

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