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Paddleboat restaurant will reopen in St. Charles

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 | 10:16 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES — The Robert E. Lee riverboat restaurant will get a new lease on life in St. Charles.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a financial deal that will allow the well-known vessel to reopen at the city's Missouri River dock in the spring.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that the boat's owner, Steve Petroff, will pay for repairs with some credits to offset rent.

The Robert E. Lee was built in 1969 on the hull of a debris-clearing vessel. It was open on the St. Louis riverfront from 1970 to 1993 and had moved around in recent years during attempts to reopen it.

 


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