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Landmark Peru eatery coming back from tornado

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Hann said all the employees are excited about heading back to work, and he's excited to see them all together again.

"The girls mean a lot to me," he said. "They're like my children. . It's just a fun group, and we have a fun time down here. It's always a joke fest. Every day's April Fools."

Although Hann could have rebuilt a bigger and fancier canopy, he said he's keeping it simple and giving it the same look it's had since the beginning.

"We're not going to wrap it neon or anything," he said. "It's going to be the same place with the same menu. Nothing's going to change. We're taking her back just like she was."

One thing's for sure. When the restaurant opens again later this month, it's sure to be packed, Hann said.

"If I had a dollar for every time someone asked, 'When you reopening?' I wouldn't even have to open. I'd be a millionaire. Now that people are seeing the construction going on, they're really getting jacked up about it. . They're like, 'I can't wait, because I need a hot dog.'"

Hann said he can't wait for the restaurant to open, too — and not because he needs a hot dog.

For him, the restaurant is like a family member, and for good reason. It's at B-K West where Hann met his wife back in 1983.

She was working as a carhop when he pulled in to grab a burger. Hann said she caught his eye, and he asked her on a date. The rest is history.

Little did he know the girl's dad owned the place. When his father-in-law passed away, Hann took over the business.

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