By DAVID COHENDA, Associated Press Washington (AP) — The steel beams of the kitchen of a West Virginia restaurant have been bent in half by a hammer, the result of years of corrosion.
The steel beams, which were built by a family of miners in the 1920s and 1930s, have been used in more than a dozen other homes around the country, including the homes of two presidents and three U.S. senators.
The kitchen is part of a chain of steel homes that includes a restaurant, a home office and a home-based furniture store.
In 2015, the owner of the West Virginia townhouse was forced to close due to mold.
The owner said he wanted to reopen the restaurant, but the mold turned out to be a different fungus, called C. difficile, that also can affect wood and metal.
The home has been in the family for generations, and a few years ago, when the owners decided to renovate the home, they decided to install new galvanized steel doors.
The new doors, which are a more durable steel than the doors that were installed a decade ago, are still not perfect.
One of them cracked on the outside, the owners said.
They plan to fix the cracked door later this week.
The owner of Steel Shelve & Bells, which serves the town of Greenbrier, West Virginia, said it will be open on Thanksgiving for the first time since the mold was discovered.