ALMOST OPEN: Fong’s Pizza Aiming For January 26th

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Since November 23rd, people hoping for a late night slice at Fong’s Pizza in Des Moines have been greeted by a closed sign that hangs from the door.

“It hasn’t been the same downtown without it,” said Fong’s customer, Andrew Marshall.

The sign has kept customers outdoors.

On the inside, crews have spent the last seven weeks re-wiring, putting in new pipes, and cleaning up damage left behind from six feet of water that poured into the restaurant’s basement.

“We’ve gotten walls put back up. Our new walk-in refrigerator is in. We have painted and we have new stairs built,” said Dennis Epps, a co-owner of Fong’s Pizza.

Repairs have cost more than $10,000 dollars, but the bigger set back has been felt at the cash register.

Epps estimates the water main break cost the restaurant nearly $300,000 dollars in sales.

Owners hope to re-open the restaurant on January 26th.  

They will welcome customers back with classics like crab Rangoon pizza and a few new cold beverages.

“We’ve worked on our tiki menu and we’re getting some new beers in,” Epps told Channel 13 News.

Those who can’t wait until the end of the month may get a taste of their favorite pizza as early as this weekend.

“We’ll get our guys in here, roll out pies, take them out to the neighborhood and let people know we’re back,” said Epps.

Fong’s customer Andrew Marshall would love a slice. 

Otherwise, he says he’ll be the first in line at the end of the month.

“It’s something you don’t miss until you don’t have it. It’s always been there,” said Marshall.