OMAHA (KPTM)- Mr. C's restaurant has been sitting vacant for more than six year, and caught on fire late Sunday night.
The fire didn't destroy Mr. C's restaurant in North Omaha, but it won't be there for much longer.
"I mean look at this building. This building has been through the 1968 riots," said Christine Carter.
Carter grew up around the area, and spent many Sundays going to the steak house with her father. "He used to come here in overalls-he did not come here in a suit or in a tie-he actually came here in overalls," said Carter. "He was greeted and welcomed just like as if he had that suit and tie and top hat on."
Mr. C's has been vacant since 2007. Since then, there has been vandalism, the place has been stripped, rodents have moved in, and the back wall has fallen down.
"I've got fond memories of Mr. C's. It's kind of sad to see it in the state that it is in being that we've all kind of went there," said Ashley Kuhn.
" I think I have a little kindred spirit to make sure these types of buildings get rehabilitated," said Kuhn.
Kuhn said her company plans to demolish the restaurant by January 1st. She said they plan to turn it into retail, office, and housing space. "It's time to move onto something good and vibrant," said Kuhn.
The ‘White Lotus Group' has rebuilt multiple properties across Omaha, including the Deco hotel, and the strip mall near 58th and Ames.
Kuhn said her company's niche is buying decrepit buildings and turning them around. "Turning them into a jewel that contributes something to the community again," said Kuhn.
For Carter, her times at Mr. C's are something she said she'd always remember. "It was like walking a red carpet to go to the entrance," said Carter.
It is memories that Carter hopes won't be lost when the building is gone.