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Tuesday July 7th, 2015

Posted at 9:45pm

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Meadows by the Lake will not be reopening after a fire destroyed the business for a second time last September.

Owners Neda & Wayne Jahn made the announcement on the restaurants Facebook page Tuesday evening.  “It is with great disappointment that we, in all likeliness, will not be reopening the Meadows. After nine years and having opened it twice, we are just too drained physically and emotionally to do it again. We were looking forward to retirement, not to opening a restaurant again. The first fire in 2008 devastated our lives and staff; this second fire has just crushed us. We can’t and we don’t want to try again, as we just don’t have the drive or motivation to start over.”

The owners say that it is time for someone younger and with much more energy and motivation to carry on the history of the Meadows.

The popular Essex County landmark was first hit by fire on October 15th, 2008. It was rebuilt and reopened, but was hit by fire again on September 22nd, 2014.

That fire was reported to have originated from the attic, with the exact cause unknown. The fire was contained upstairs, but there was extensive smoke and water damage to the rest of the building.

The Jahn’s say that as soon as they have settled everything with the insurance company, they will be selling the Meadows.

“It saddens us more than anything to part what had become an integral part of our lives for the last nine years. We look forward to a bright future for not only the Meadows but for all those who made it what is was. We thank and love each and every one of you who were along for the ride. The Meadows has had a long, prosperous history and will indeed live on. We can’t wait to see what happens to it next.”

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