Plans to rebuild Jimmy’s Pizza Lounge in the works after massive fire

WATAGA, Illinois-- After a devastating fire destroyed the only pizzeria in Wataga Illinois, the owners of Jimmy’s Pizza say they hope to start rebuilding next month.

“We have a great project manager and we have good people that we are going to be working with us… It will get going but I have to learn to be a little bit more patient about it,” says Jimmy’s Pizza co-owner, Debra McCormick.

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Wataga is about 10 miles northeast from Galesburg. The space where the pizzeria once stood is now an empty lot, after the electrical fire in June.

A design for the new Jimmy’s Pizza is already on paper, which includes a bigger kitchen and a new location for the bar.

Although crews have not started working on the remodel, McCormick can already picture it.

“On the back wall, there will be a waitress station, which we didn`t have before… and right behind that we`ll have a beautiful kitchen,” she says.

Rebuilding the restaurant will cost more than $300,000.

McCormick says she hopes to reopen next May.