Nocona restaurant owner receives help from customers after a fire damages his diner

NOCONA, TX (KAUZ) - A Texoma restaurant owner is sweeping up the ashes of his diner as he starts to rebuild following a fire. Bear's Den Diner, in Nocona, opened two years ago and residents said it quickly became a popular attraction.

Friends and neighbors of the diner's owner are helping give back to the person that served them every day.

Brian Weller always dreamed of owning his own restaurant and he used his life's savings to buy a restaurant in 2015, his diner.

While golfing with friends, Brian Weller,  the owner of the diner, received a call just after 2:00 p.m. from his wife telling him his diner caught fire and so did the trailer he owns, where his cook and the cook's girlfriend live. Weller rushed to the diner only to see his dream slowly burn.

"I broke down, I broke down in tears," Weller said. "My wife broke down. Just about everybody just couldn't believe it."

His customers are helping him rebuild by donating materials, like sheet metal and electric cables, and some are donating money using a Go Fund Me page.

They are holding a clean up and cook out day at the diner. Weller said with the help he hopes to reopen the restaurant in a little more than a month.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. The cost of the damages are estimated around $20,000 and that is not including income Weller makes from the restaurant.

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