Locals lament loss of beloved restaurant

Locals lament loss of beloved restaurant

Times followers share thoughts following fire at Uncle John’s

All it took was one photograph — a single shot of downtown Crawfordsville restaurant Uncle John’s in flames to stir emotions and memories across a community.

A little after 4 p.m. on Saturday, the call went out to the Crawfordsville Fire Department that Uncle John’s was on fire. Ultimately, the fire would involve Marion, West Memphis and Parkin FDs as well. Though the fire was a total loss, resulting in the complete destruction of the building, many Times readers took note and began to follow the events through social media.

Around 5 p.m. the photo of the restaurant on fire, with firefighters scrambling around the perimeter, was uploaded to the Times Facebook page. Followers immediately began tagging friends and sharing the post. Within a few hours, the post had been viewed several thousands of times and shared more than a hundred. Crittenden County residents past and present were heartbroken to hear the news.

“This is terrible!!!” wrote Sharon Gray.

“No, no, no,” posted Cissy England-Smith, tagging a friend. “Bobby Morphis, we were going to meet y'all there sometime.”

“So terribly sad,” said Erin Parks. “They had some of the best burgers in the area.”

Parks was not the only reader to express culinary concerns.

“There goes the famous bread pudding!” lamented Margaret Davis.

Genia Wilson posted, “This is sad! Best fish around!”

“We drove through there and saw the smoke,” wrote Benji Hess. “Hope everyone is OK.” There were plenty of sadface and crying emojis to be found, as well as mournful “Oh no!” declarations from Jennifer Langdon and Sarah Needham.

Mary Banks added a “So sad!”

“I hope they rebuild,” said Sue Ann Mestemacher. “We love that place!”

Frances Cook echoed the “Love that place!”

Remembering the decor, including the wall-sized mural, Jan Dupwe added, “Oh no… so sorry. They will rebuild but the artwork will be gone.”

With the building destroyed, Richard Baker had some advice.

“Tell him to reopen in Forrest City downtown!” he wrote.