The Libby's Steakhouse building in Daysville was destroyed by fire this morning and Todd County residents are remembering the location's rich history.
Up and coming country music stars once performed on the Live at Libby's radio program that aired on dozens of radio stations across the nation each weekend, including a stint on WHOP FM. Fourth District Todd County Magistrate Brent Spurlin says Libby's drew large crowds to the area every weekend and it was a big deal.
Spurlin says the building wasn't just a place for music and food, it held a flea market, beauty pageants, school events and more.
A post on the Libby's Facebook page says the owner intends to rebuild on the property.
It's hard for any community to lose a landmark and Spurlin says Todd County will certainly miss the Libby's building.
Members of the Elkton, Allensville, Sharon Grove, Russellville and Olmstead fire departments responded to the fire around 5 a.m.
Emergency Management Director Tim Pulley says no one was injured and the cause of the fire has not been determined. He says it appears the blaze began in the rear of the structure and quickly spread. Fire-fighters were hindered early on when they had to cut a gate open to get inside.
The owner of the building was reportedly in Nashville when officials made contact with him. Renovations had been ongoing inside and it was expected to reopen as a restaurant in the coming weeks.