RED WING, Minn. (FOX47) — Wednesday saw a night of celebration downtown Red Wing. After nine long months of waiting and rebuilding, Liberty’s Restaurant and Lounge finally unveiled its new look.
“It’s just great to be open again and good for the town that we can rebuild and keep one of the city’s iconic buildings intact,” said Douglas Noreen, Liberty’s owner.
Early in September 2020, a drunk driver crashed into the building’s corner, sending piles of bricks onto the street and SUV below. It took the restaurant more than a month to reopen. Noreen said the first three months following the destruction were the hardest of his life.
“We didn’t know if the building would be save-able at all,” said Noreen. “But we got through it.”
He says the rebuilding process was significant to him. His family has been using this space for nearly 40 years.
“My mom and dad bought this building in ’84. Mom and dad started the restaurant in ’75, I bought the restaurant from them in ’99. So, we’ve been in this location since ’84,” said Noreen.
Noreen also said the community support was outstanding.
“I knew that we were a big part of the community and stuff but I didn’t realize, until you hear people saying it over and over, how much we mean to a lot of people, from funding for hockey and baseball and whatever kinds of programs locally and stuff like that, on and on. We’ve been apart of the community for many years,” said Noreen.