Madigan’s no more: local restaurant demolished Thursday |

Madigan’s no more: local restaurant demolished Thursday

Sierra Sun/Kevin MacMillanAn excavator tore down the former restaurant Thursday.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Joel Williams roamed the parking lot Thursday morning at Donner Gate Chevron, camera slung around his neck, watching as an excavator tore into Madiganand#8217;s Grille and Tavern next door.

As he snapped a few photos of the long-time locals diner for some lasting memories, Williams, a Truckee resident and 40-year-owner of the Chevron station, remembered a few of his own.

and#8220;In my youth, I spent quite a few winter nights at that bar, sitting around the fireplace,and#8221; said Williams, adding with a chuckle: and#8220;But that was many years ago.and#8221;

Excavators tore down Madiganand#8217;s on Thursday, as the property will be used to align Coldstream Road for the entrance for Planned Community One, also known as Coldstream development

The Coldstream project could include up to 345 residential units, 70,000 square feet of commercial and retail space and 109 acres of open space in the 178-acre site at the mouth of Coldstream Canyon and#8212; a former aggregate mine owned by Teichert.

All-Cal Demolition out of Sacramento performed Thursdayand#8217;s razing. Owner Bob Trujillo said the final pieces of rubble will be cleared by Friday.

and#8220;Things are going well,and#8221; Trujillo said as he surveyed the demo.

Williams, who at one time owned the Madiganand#8217;s plot, said Thursdayand#8217;s demolition, while expected, came as a bit of a shock.

and#8220;Iand#8217;m having mixed feelings and#8212; I didnand#8217;t think it would be as big a deal until I saw it happen,and#8221; Williams said. and#8220;I guess the oldand#8217;s being replaced with the new. Thereand#8217;s a lot of memories there.and#8221;

Truckee Town Planner Duane Hall said in a previous interview the on/off ramp interchanges on Donner Pass Road on either side of Interstate 80 will likely also be replaced with roundabouts to accommodate growing traffic in the area.

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