NEW JETHRO’S: Storm Destroys Construction

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Barbeque lovers in the metro may have to wait longer than expected for a new restaurant to open after a major thunderstorm blew through Thursday.

Winds tore apart the construction site for the newest location of Jethro’s in Johnston. It’s located on NW 86th Street, a few blocks south of NW 62nd Avenue.

The winds collapsed some of the walls that were up for framing. Owner Bruce Gerleman says they’ll have to start from scratch.

Construction on Jethro’s BBQ and Pork Chop Grill began in July and the restaurant had originally been scheduled to open in December. Gerleman doesn’t know yet whether they’ll be able to meet that deadline due to the construction setback caused by the storm.