Lee’s Drive-In of Hammond reopened on Jan. 31 after nine months of reconstruction. Photo taken by Jordan Reid.

Lee’s Drive-In on W. Thomas Street reopened Tuesday after nine months of reconstruction.

A fire burned down the restaurant and neighboring Superking Seafood back in April 2016. The owners’ original goal of completing reconstruction in 90 days since the incident was delayed due to city and sanitation inspections.

Customers filled the seats and lined up outside of the restaurant, waiting eagerly for their food. The diner was so busy, that the owners didn’t have an opportunity to comment on the reopening.

“I am excited they are open again because their burgers are really good,” said Mallory Milton, a Hammond resident. “I used to always order the Betty Boop Burger. It has cheese, bacon and barbecue sauce and I love it.”

The fire that started at Superking damaged both restaurants, leaving customers devastated.

Customers are lined up on Feb. 1, 2017 at Lee’s Drive-In in Hammond. Photo taken by Jordan Reid.

“I was shocked when I heard it burned down because I loved eating there,” said Milton.

According to a report, Lee’s Drive-In took $300,000 worth of building damages from the fire and $75,000 of content damages.

The diner’s neighboring restaurant, Superking Seafood, reopened the week before with a completely new look. The seafood restaurant held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate their return.

Superking served the Hammond community for 25 years before it was demolished during its reconstruction.

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