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Tucker's, the iconic Vine Street diner closed by fire, reopens for business

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Posted at 11:19 AM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 12:24:48-04

CINCINNATI -- Tucker's, the iconic Vine Street diner that closed due to a fire last summer after nearly 70 years in business, reopened Saturday.

A kitchen fire on July 27, 2015, caused $65,000 in damages to the eatery at 1635 Vine St. in Over-the-Rhine.

Almost immediately after the eatery closed, volunteers and customers began helping owners Joe and Carla Tucker with a plan to reopen the restaurant. They sold Tucker's gift cards, held community fundraisers and set up a GoFundMe page to pay for Tucker's remodeling. Volunteers offered hands-on help as well.

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The Tuckers initially had hoped to reopen July 25 of this year, but construction delayed that date by nearly two months.

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Tucker's celebrated its 70th anniversary with its Saturday grand opening.

While it's known for its hearty breakfasts, the diner was the first Cincinnati restaurant to put tartar sauce on a burger, the Big Tucker -- not the more famous Big Boy sandwich at the Frisch's chain.

The restaurant will resume regular hours Tuesday.