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Burned down Mexico Tipico restaurant stuck in limbo on Dixie Highway

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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- It's been half a year since the popular Dixie Highway restaurant Mexico Tipico burned down and the crumbling building still sits untouched.

The fire happened in February and neighbors of the business want to know why it hasn't been cleaned up.

"It's been a battle trying to sell cars next to this burnt down facility," said Damien Phillips, who works next door at Hyundai of Louisville.

"Selling cars next to this is somewhat of a, not only a hazard, but it's a deterrent for customers," he said.

On top of that, he says he and his coworkers have other concerns. "We're worried about some of the rodents that might be hiding in there that come out, bugs things like that," he said.

We found one of the owners of the restaurant, Gerardo Jaureggi, a few miles away where he's working on opening another Mexico Tipico.

"We only have two hands. We just can't do it all," he said.

The fire department has ruled out arson but says the investigation is still underway.

Jaureggi says he's waiting on money from the insurance company.

"We don't have anything from the insurance yet so it takes some time to settle with them," he said.

When asked what's taking so long with the insurance, he replied "Well it's just something -- they say it's normal. They say it's normal to go through with all these procedures for investigations and everything."

On the fence at the site, along with a sign that says they plan to reopen soon, are citations and a stop work order from the city.

The city says it issued the stop work order because a contractor was working on tearing down the building without a license.

Jaureggi says his hands are tied until he gets insurance to cover some of the damage and until he opens this third location in late September.

"I just want to rebuild my restaurant back either there or somewhere else close by. I loved it. I miss it. I want to be there," he said.

Jaureggi said he couldn't put the building of the third location on hold because he already had a contract with the property.

The city says if the proper permits are acquired, progress will continue. In the meantime, a fence has been put up at the Dixie Highway property for safety reasons.

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