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Hometown restaurant plans rebuild after fire

A fire caused extensive damage to the interior of Pasquale's Restaurant, 607 13th St. N., Humboldt, on March 6. Owners Matt and Jenny Brown plan to repair and remodel the popular eating spot, and reopen in two-to-three months. Humboldt Independent photo.

Pasquale’s Italian Restaurant, a family owned restaurant in Humboldt since the early 1960s, sustained extensive smoke and heat damage from a fire on Wednesday night, March 6.
The good news is owners Matt and Jenny Brown plan to repair the damage and hope to re-open in two to three months.
The Humboldt Police Department discovered the fire and had the Humboldt Fire Department dispatched at 10:27 p.m. Fire Chief Tony Hosford said upon arrival, smoke was coming out of the vents in the roof. Firefighters entered from the front of the building and extinguished the fire, which was on the south side near the cooking area.
“The inside of the building received extensive smoke and fire damage,” Hosford said.
Cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.
Matt Brown and his wife, Jenny, will have owned Pasquale’s for nine years in May. Jenny is the granddaughter of Marv and Marlene Stockdale, who founded Pasquale’s in Fort Dodge in 1959, before opening the restaurant in Humboldt.
The remodeling work is expected to take about two months. Matt Brown said the hold up might be the availability of equipment.
“If the equipment is delayed, that could put us to three months before we can re-open,” Brown said.