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Cape Girardeau business owner continues effort to preserve a piece of city history

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – A neighborhood enterprise proprietor has had some setbacks in her efforts to protect Cape Girardeau’s historical past. Nevertheless, she’s not letting that cease her.

Suzanne Hightower’s dream was to avoid wasting the Broadway Theatre.

That each one went up in flames after it caught hearth a 12 months in the past.

Nevertheless, she discovered a brand new option to maintain cape’s historical past alive.

Serving a recent cup of espresso at Speakeasy Espresso Co. is a part of Suzanne Hightower’s newest journey to protect Cape Girardeau’s previous.

“There was a speakeasy within the basement at one time. It’s based mostly on the historical past of the constructing,” Hightower mentioned.

Nevertheless, this new store was not her authentic plan.

“There’s plenty of historical past we might protect and supply an exquisite theatre,” Hightower mentioned.

She wished to avoid wasting the Cape Broadway Theatre. Nevertheless, Hightower’s dream of bringing this theatre have been ruined by hearth.

“Properly, I cried, yeah, I did. I used to be unhappy,” Hightower mentioned.

Metropolis leaders mentioned the constructing is not protected.

“You’ve seen it. It’s not a protected state of affairs presently,” Molly Mehner, Deputy Metropolis Supervisor mentioned.

Mehner mentioned it might take weeks if not months to get the entire constructing down.

“It’s unlucky we didn’t have that chance with Broadway sooner. It’s within the state that it’s in, we’d like to get the sidewalk open and take away that risk,” Mehner mentioned.

Though Hightower’s plans for the theatre to make a comeback didn’t work, she mentioned she hopes to proceed passing alongside Cape’s historical past along with her new enterprise.

“The extra arts and theatre that you just convey into the group the extra probably you will appeal to folks,” Hightower mentioned.

Hightower mentioned she hopes so as to add leisure alternatives and music efficiency within the Speakeasy Espresso Co.

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