Moo's BBQ in Newton closes after driver plows car into restaurant
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A Newton barbecue restaurant is closed indefinitely after a driver crashed his vehicle into the building Saturday, injuring an employee.
Moo's BBQ Burgers and Catering, 1220 W. 18th St. S. in Newton, sustained damage to an exterior wall. Photos posted online by the restaurant's owner show a bowed interior wall and toppled kitchen equipment.
"Due to a drunk driver hitting our building, we will be closed indefinitely," a sign posted to the restaurant's door over the weekend read. "P.S. Don't drink and drive."
Newton police responded to a 911 call shortly after 6 a.m. from the clerk of a nearby Casey's General Store, according to a police department news release.
The vehicle reportedly was driven through the store's guard rail before striking the building.
The driver, Daniel Lema Woldsilasie, 46, of Newton, was arrested at the scene by the Iowa State Patrol. He was charged with operating while intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor, and transported to the Jasper County Jail.
Moo's owner Jeremy Biondi said through Facebook Messenger that he is hoping to open in about two weeks but it depends on how fast equipment can be repaired.
The employee's injuries were not life-threatening, the news release says.
Moo's BBQ was closed briefly last year after the restaurant was struck by a semi-trailer.