Del’s Cold Blast Continues

After the fire on April 2nd this year, you could say that the building heated up quite a bit… but since last Tuesday, with the help of Continental Carbonic,  Del’s is getting a very eye pleasing “cool down”. The dry ice blasting process basically removes the top layer of brick and basically makes the wall look new again. This process is much easier to clean up rather than sand blasting (even though it may not look like it now) because sand blasting has not only the layer of brick coming off, but also the sand itself; with dry ice blasting, the ice just melts away and we’re only left with the brick dust. This week, the top two floors have been completed and we are now finishing up the main level that is home to the storefront. If you’ve been downtown or on Merchant Street in the last week, we’re sure you have probably heard and most likely seen the dry ice process happening.  There is dust EVERYWHERE! Just walking around to get pictures inside almost requires a white suit and breathing mask. This photo is right after they shut down the dry ice process. As you can see, there is literally dust everywhere.




The first photo below is of the back wall that was severely damaged from the fire in April. It hasn’t undergone the dry ice process yet, but we will be able to show you a side-by-side picture when it is finished. This wall hasn’t been re-done yet, as you can see. The top of the wall literally has bricks that could fall off at anytime. The blasting process needs to be completed first so the wall can be re-built. The 2nd photo is a side-by-side result that shows the wall before and after blasting. The left side hasn’t been touched and the right side is finished.

IMG_0658 IMG_0659Check back next week for more photos and an update on our re-building process. We are so happy to be getting our construction underway and being closer to re-opening and being able to serve all of you once again. Don’t forget, the Decatur Celebration begins August 6th and goes through the 9th. We will definitely miss being open this year, as the Celebration is always a fund time at Del’s.


This Week At Del’s…

After our pretty exciting finding last week, were more ready than ever to get the ball rolling. This week, there is a TON of stuff going on behind the scenes at Del’s. There are several meetings with contractors and etc.. If you’ve been down to sign our window graphics… THANK YOU! It definitely makes our day better walking down and reading all of the great things people love and miss about Del’s. Below are some photos of the messages we’ve received as well as a very special one from Kemper’s son, Griffin.

IMG_0563 IMG_0573 IMG_0574If you came down to see our newest discovery of the beer sign or to just sign our graphics, then you know that our scaffolding is still up. This week the chute will be moved from the second floor and put back up to the third level to start work on removing plaster and such. Since work on our second level is wrapping up, we’ve noticed one interesting thing from the ceiling. There are burn marks on the floor trusses that were underneath the ceiling tiles. We came upon this finding because when one looks at the trusses there is one area in particular that dips much lower than the rest. These burn marks aren’t from our fire, but  are actually from the big Decatur fire in 1909.  Below are photos of the burnt trusses. Kemper said that in those days, people didn’t just throw away wood for being burnt like we do today. If it still had purpose, then they would leave it. SO…. that’s what they did on our second level. The part that they did repair from the fire has totally different sized boards than the part that wasn’t harmed from the fire.

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The first photo shows the major dip in the ceiling and has the main beam circled that is sagging. The second photo is of one of the trusses. This one in particular is cracked all the way through and is only being held up by few rotting nails. With workers being on the third level, Kemper is taking all necessary precautions and recommended that the trusses be reinforced so we don’t have any accidents. We’re currently working on a few BIG projects that we are soooooo excited about!

Check in here frequently to hear and see about our updates as well as what our future projects will hopefully be as long as everything goes right! Once again, we can’t wait to be open and serving each and every awesome Del’s customer. So, in the meantime, go downtown and check out some other awesome local businesses and PLEASE, sign our window graphics. We love to hear and see how much Del’s means to you all!