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Work to tear down the fire-damaged Blue Smoke BBQ on Alexandria's 3rd Avenue began this week. The owners obtained a permit for the job. (Echo Press photo by Al Edenloff)

Blue Smoke BBQ torn down

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Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

Work began this week to demolish the fire-damaged Blue Smoke BBQ on 3rd Avenue East in Alexandria. Co-owner David Galbraith said that he received a permit to tear down the building and plans to complete the job this week. The building has been at the center of a dispute between Blue Smoke BBQ owners and Alexandria city officials for several months. The city deemed the structure, gutted by fire last August, as a public health hazard. It’s been trying to get the building razed and was pursuing court action to do so. Galbraith said he was planning to tear down the building before the city took action and was waiting for the weather to warm up. Blue Smoke BBQ may not be completely gone. Galbraith said he plans to start a food truck barbecue business next year.

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