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Col. Mustards' owners rebuilding after water main break

Brad and Carla Pipella have decided to bulldoze their old building that sustained structural damage from flooding in February
Brad and Carla Pipella held a silent auction on Tuesday to sell off all their restaurant equipment and supplies. (CBC )

The owners of a Westmount restaurant that closed after a water main break last winter have decided to rebuild.

Of all the businesses that flooded on Feb. 15, Col. Mustard’s sustained the most structural damage. It remained shut while other establishments were able to reopen.

After nine months, owners Brad and Carla Pipella have received a verdict from their insurance company.

“The final answer we got is that the building is repairable and the insurance company will give us X amount to do it,” Brad Pipella said.  

“And our feeling that putting money into a building this old is just not worth it.”

The Pipellas have decided to demolish the old building and replace it with something new.

The new building will have space that can be leased out, along with a new Col. Mustards, though Pipella says it likely be a much smaller space than before.

“We're not saying goodbye to Colonel Mustard's - that's our thing and you know we've got time to get our ducks in a row again and we'll take it from there,” Brad Pipella said.

On Tuesday, they held a silent auction to sell off all their current restaurant equipment and supplies.

The teardown and rebuild is expected to take about 18 months.

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