Boonville landmark restaurant Stein House goes up in flames

Friday, April 8, 2011 | 7:13 p.m. CDT; updated 9:10 a.m. CDT, Saturday, April 9, 2011

BOONVILLE — A landmark restaurant in central Missouri has gone up in flames.

The 66-year-old Stein House in downtown Boonville was heavily damaged by fire early Thursday. Cleanup around the site continued Friday, and investigators were focusing on the kitchen as they sought the cause.

The Stein House and its adjoining Sapphire Room occupied the first floor of a late 1880s building on Main Street. The Boonville Daily News reports the restaurant was converted from a pool hall in 1945, and featured a beer table with taps installed by the Falstaff brewing company in 1933.

The fire also destroyed an occupied second-floor apartment, but no one was injured.

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