Cafe La Cave roof collapses in Des Plaines

March 6, 2013 10:00:21 AM PST
Tuesday's winter storm has moved on, but the heavy snow caused the roof on a northwest suburban business to collapse.

The chandelier is on the carpet. The roof caved in at Cafe La Cave in Des Plaines. The banquet hall and restaurant roof came crashing down at 1 a.m. Heavy, wet snow is most likely to blame. Thankfully, no one was inside.

Owner Kim Sutter says the repairs may take several months. But the danger and the mess is isolated to only one small room.

"We did not have a function going on. This can be replaced, people cannot. We are very fortunate in that respect," Sutter said.

That means the restaurant and large banquet room could be open as early as Wednesday night or this weekend, keeping wedding parties and other people with reservations on schedule. The business was built 22 years ago.

"We are still trying to find out the cause. The last two snows, last week was very heavy and wet," Sutter sad.

Structural engineers are studying the damage to determine exactly what happened. Repair crews are already there.