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Sports Attic Owner Wants to Rebuild

Joe Droege drove up from his home in Farmington, MO, Friday morning when he heard about the fire in progress.

Owner of the , Joe Droege, drove up to Brentwood from his home in Farmington when he heard it was on fire, Friday morning.

until it destroyed much of the building. It was out by the time Droege got there.

"It’s unbelievable,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything this bad in my life."

And to make matters worse, "Today is the home opener. We would have made a fortune," he said.

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Droege said as bad as it looks, he hopes to rebuild.

He started out as a silent partner ten years ago, and then bought out his partner to own full interest. That's when his sister, Tirzah, and other family members became involved.

Several in the group assembled on Manchester Road, across from the bar, said they were in the bar Thursday night to watch the Blues game.

Family friend, Jim Beck, spoke for many who couldn't find the words.

“We’ve watched world championships here,” he said. “It’s a family-owned business. It’s a neighborhood bar, that’s all you can really say. It’s just a real bad day.”

He was there last night to watch the St. Louis Blues playoff game, along with manager Kevin Gallagher.

“Kevin and I were the last ones to walk out,” he said. “We locked it up.”

Beck said he’s gone over and over in his head how the fire could have started.

“OK, we checked this; we checked that; we checked everything we check every night,” he said. “By ‘we’ I mean the bar checked everything the bar checks every night.”

“It’s a routine,” he said. “So no, we don’t have any idea.”

Doug Miner April 14, 2012 at 01:55 PM
We'd love to see Joe rebuild – duplicate what was there? Make it brand new? What do you think? What made Sports Attic special to you?
Philip Scherry April 16, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Rebuild would be nice, but I'm pretty sure MoDOT won't let it be rebuilt so close to Manchester. Wonder if there is enough space on the lot to move it back 15 or so feet?
RDBet June 04, 2012 at 03:26 PM
This pile burnt rubble has sat along Manchester Rd. for close to two months now. A rebuild would be nice, but clearing this hazardous eyesore should be the first priority.

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