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Bixby Restaurant Reopens After Broken Water Line Floods Business

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BIXBY, Oklahoma -

A popular Bixby restaurant is boarded up after a car smashed into it Friday morning.

The crash is the latest setback for the popular eating spot.

The restaurant just opened into a new location January 2 and had to close earlier this week because of a water leak, then reopened only to have a car crash in Friday. 

A hole in the wall is what's left of the damage after a car drove into the Wirsthaus German Restaurant just before it was to open for lunch.

"The lady make her own drive through," said Chef Torsten Riemenschneider. 

The car went through the wall and almost hit the other side.

An elderly woman was behind the wheel and she wasn't hurt.

"She put it on forward instead of reverse and pushed the gas," said owner Azmy Elghazaly. 

The owner said the woman is a regular at the restaurant, though she's always walked in before.

The damage is significant, but not enough for them to consider anything other than quickly getting back in business.

The restaurant just finished repairs from a water leak caused by a frozen pipe.

They reopened and now this.

"It's one after the other, but we'll be ok, as long as nobody is hurt we are good," said Elghazaly. 

It was a close call for the chef.

"If the lady drive through 2 seconds earlier, I wouldn't stay here," said Riemenschneider.

And by that, he means he would have been run over.

The car just missed him.

"And in this moment, just when I opened the kitchen door, I hear a noise that was incredible and I jumped into the kitchen," Riemenschneider said.

He said the driver was dazed but not hurt, and he, like the owner, isn't discouraged by the run of bad luck. They're just eager to reopen the restaurant.

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