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Updated: December 10, 2018 @ 7:53 am
Like many restaurants of a bygone era, Dante's Italian Village holds a special place in Decatur's past.
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1963: Weathered sign contrasts with lush carpeting.
1963: Owner Charles E. Witts, left rear, his family and guests enjoy a leisurely moment.
1963: Hand hewn oak beams frame new Dante's dining room.
1967: Diners at Dante's Italian village have been startled by this giant steer statue on the sidewalk. The 1,500 pound 15-foot paper mache structure will probably be moved into an alcove east of the restaurant entrance.
1987: The building that housed Dante's Italian Village and the old Kraft Hotel is being leveled by Steve's Trucking and Excavating firm. The structure housing the Decatur landmarks was gutted in a fire.
1988: The twisted steel frame from what was formerly Dante's Restaurant stands as a ghostly monument surrounded by piles of rubble. The building in the 700 block East Cerro Gordo Street, which was gutted in a fire is being demolished.
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