Fire destroys historic Albuquerque saloon

The Golden West Saloon, which was built on Albuquerque’s Central Avenue in 1929, was destroyed by fire Thursday, reports the Albuquerque Journal.

The fire also damaged the historic El Rey Theater next door, but the owner is optimistic it will reopen next weekend.

The owner made a appeal to the community to revive the saloon, according to KOB-TV:

Kathy Zimmer, who owns the building with her mother, says she learned of the fire through a television news report. Zimmer called the damage to the building, which was built by her grandfather, devastating.

“We’re not going to be able to do anything with this building by ourselves,” said Zimmer.  “We’re gonna need the community’s help.”

“If anybody cares, we’re gonna have to pitch in like a community, an old fashioned community, or it’s gone,” she added.

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