Jerry's Pizza Destruction

A demolition crew takes apart the building of the recently closed Jerry's Pizza on Monday in Charleston.

CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- The building that housed the former Jerry’s Pizza and Pub was being demolished Monday.

As previously reported, the building has shown its age since its construction in 1978, almost 40 years ago.

Jerry Myerscough, owner of the property at 1508 Fourth St., said the building had shown its age and renovations to the building would have been too costly.

This demolition will be followed by at some point construction of a new, likely larger, building for a new restaurant. Myerscough said it might be a while until construction is started. 

Currently, he said much of his focus has gone towards breaking ground on a property in Campaign set sometime in March. Building plans for site of old Jerry's Pizza building is still in the works.

While still in the planning stages of design for the new restaurant, he expects it to be a cross between Jerry’s Pizza food and Stadium Grill food, another property he owns. 

Myerscough noted pizza will always be a part of his business at that location but will most likely not be the primary focus.

Also, Myerscough clarified that a bar-style restaurant is not in the cards. He said the restaurant will be geared toward people who are there to eat, but who might also want a drink as well and not the other way around.  

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Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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