MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) — A popular restaurant in Mattoon was demolished over the weekend.

During the demolition process, the Mattoon Fire Department found a gas leak at Lee’s Famous Recipe.

Chief Hilligoss said 8th St. between Broadway Ave. and Charleston Ave. was blocked off to allow Ameren to dig and fix the leak.

Last year, there was a fire that caused damage throughout the entire building.

But the restaurant isn’t gone forever. The owners say they want to rebuild in the same location. They released this statement on Facebook:

“We’re looking forward to finally getting the process started and are excited to be one step closer to returning to the community. Thank you again everyone for your patience as we’ve been dealing with all the insurance and red tape these last couple few months. We can’t wait to see you all again.”