Liberty’s has been a popular destination for diners since it’s opening in 1975. Last month, a crash left the restaurant in shambles. Now that construction has progressed, the owners hope to open parts of the restaurant on Oct. 1.

This story was published in the October 1 edition of the Cannon Falls Beacon.

A speeding car crash in Red Wing led to severe damage to Liberty’s Restaurant & Lounge and the apartments above the first week of September. 

Liberty’s has been a staple in Red Wing and Goodhue County since opening in 1975. When the accident occurred, many inside and outside the Red Wing community flocked to Liberty’s to donate their time and money to get the restaurant running again. 

Donovan Brady Plank, 28, of Red Wing, was charged with gross misdemeanor DWI, reckless driving, failure to obey a traffic control device and trespassing in connection to the Liberty’s crash. 

A criminal complaint said Plank was traveling at “speeds of 60-70 mph” and nearly collided with another vehicle on Plum Street near Liberty’s. Plank turned westbound onto Third Street and crashed into the restaurant. Plank was taken into custody after he crashed.

So how much progress has Liberty’s made since the crash?

Selective demolition starts 

The Liberty’s Facebook page has been posting regular updates as they are available and are the best source of information for getting up-to-date information. 

On Sept. 9, the account posted that “selective demolition” started on the building. The building needed to be “cleaned up” so tenants could return to the apartments upstairs. 

Thousands of dollars donated to Liberty’s

The Red Wing Downtown Main Street non-profit started a fundraising campaign for Liberty’s shortly after the accident occurred. 

The non-profit’s goal was to raise $15,000. They have exceeded that goal, raising almost $23,500. 

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