A car crashed into a landmark restaurant and tavern in Millstadt. Here’s what we know

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A car drove into Ott’s Tavern in Millstadt early Friday morning.

“It’s not a new drive-through window,” stated a Friday morning post on its Facebook page that included a photo of the damage.

Business owner Terry Davinroy said that the building was empty at the time of the accident, so no one at the tavern was injured.

Davinroy also said he spoke to the mother of the young lady who was driving the car. The driver is OK and resting at home.

He isn’t sure what happened but did say that a large plastic barrel/planter was in the street and believes the driver may have clipped it then swerved to miss a utility pole, possibly overcorrecting or hitting the gas by mistake to end up in the front of the building.

A message left for Millstadt Police Chief Alan Hucke was not immediately returned.

It’s “going to take a while before it’s repaired,” Davinroy said of the damage to the 150-year-old building.

He said they’ll have to salvage some old-fashioned brick and find replacement glass to match the style of the building.

The damaged area was closed off until repairs can be made and the restaurant cleaned and ready for service.

For now, it’s business as usual, said Davinroy. They planned to open at noon as usual.

Ott’s Tavern is located at 20 E. Washington St. in Millstadt. For more information, call 618-476-3531.