Popular Italian restaurant torn down after fire

A popular Italian restaurant that nearly burned down has now been torn to the ground.

Last week demolition crews removed what was left of Francesco’s Ristorante Italiano along Lincolnway West -- near the intersection of Logan and Licolnway -- in Mishawaka. The building had sat dormant and became a safety hazard following a suspicious February 2012 overnight fire.

NewsCenter 16 spoke off-camera with owner Frank Catanzariti Tuesday who said he wants to rebuild the eatery on the stone-filled lot. However, the city planning department says it's received no proposal for new construction.

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