Cleanup begins after mudslide damages Idaho Springs bar and grill

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IDAHO SPRINGS — For restaurant owners Dan and Kalong Geltmaker, Two Bears Tap and Grill has been a labor of love five years in the making. It only took a few minutes for that hard work to come undone. Late Friday afternoon a river of mud swallowed the restaurant’s patio. The rain and hail were unlike anything the Geltmakers had ever seen. “It’s a mess. You can’t even use shovels. A week ago the patio was full. The parking lot was full,” said Dan. Chairs and other furniture were carried away like twigs, some of it ending up on the highway nearby. Dan said he’s overwhelmed not just by the damage, but also by the outpouring of support in the hours since. Friends, neighbors, and strangers have stopped by with money and offers to help. “They all want to come and help. People who say they’re too old to move the dirt, the rocks, but they still want to come and do whatever,” he said. If you’d like to help, the restaurant’s owners will be working all day to try and repair the damage and they’re welcoming all volunteers. On Monday, Two Bears Tap & Grill said it would update us on when it would reopen. They also shared this picture on social media showing just how much progress was made over the weekend.

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