Fire guts popular Bevier restaurant, museum

Posted: Nov. 29, 2012 10:54 am Updated: Dec. 13, 2012 11:15 am

BEVIER, Mo. -- A popular Northeast Missouri restaurant was destroyed by fire Thursday morning.

Members of the Bevier Volunteer Fire Department were still fighting the fire at the Pear Tree Restaurant in downtown Bevier as the sun rose this morning, according to KRES radio station in Moberly, Mo. Bevier Fire Chief David Coleman told KRES that firefighters were dispatched around 12:30 a.m. to the restaurant, which is run by Al and Mike Abbadessa.

According to KRES, the fire destroyed the Pear Tree and Black Diamond buildings. The Black Diamond building housed the Bevier Musuem. There were no injuries. Coleman said the fire is still under investigation.

The Pear Tree opened in 1986 and is considered one of the best restaurants in the region.

"It's a sad night for our town, unfortunately," Coleman told KRES.