Demolition starts on old Clear Lake drive-in property

CLEAR LAKE — Demolition started today on the old Barrel Drive-In property in Clear Lake.

Casey’s General Stores purchased the property for $342-thousand-500 back in November. Company officials confirmed at that time that they would be tearing down the building, but hadn’t finalized any plans to construct on the site.

Clear Lake’s City Administrator Scott Flory stated in an e-mail to city council members late last week that many Clear Lakers will be sorry to see it go as it was an icon in the community for many years. Flory says the company at this time has no official plans to expand the adjacent existing store or build a new store, that the property will simply be inventoried for the time being.

The restaurant, which was previously owned and operated by Seth Thackery, closed for the season in the fall of 2016 and never opened in 2017. The drive-in opened in 1958 and was started by Ed and Lois Kotz of Clear Lake.

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