In this 1988 photo, former Monroe Station owner Joe Lord, known as 'Big Joe,' poses in front of the then-vibrant U.S. 41 East landmark. The restaurant was shuttered after the National Park Service bought it in the early 1990s. On Oct. 24, Hurricane Wilma ripped gaping holes in the nearly 80-year-old building, hastening a long-planned restoration project.

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In this 1988 photo, former Monroe Station owner Joe Lord, known as "Big Joe," poses in front of the then-vibrant U.S. 41 East landmark. The restaurant was shuttered after the National Park Service bought it in the early 1990s. On Oct. 24, Hurricane Wilma ripped gaping holes in the nearly 80-year-old building, hastening a long-planned restoration project.

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