Mining Camp Restaurant

A historic Apache Junction restaurant was destroyed by an early morning fire July 25.

Firefighters were called out to the Mining Camp Restaurant at Val Vista and Mining Camp Road at 3 a.m. Fire crews were unable to save the structure.

The cause of the fire, which started in the gift shop at the front of the restaurant, has not yet been determined. The damage is estimated at $950,000.

The restaurant, built in 1961, offered family-style dining and a musical stage show in a rustic atmosphere. Jake Whitten, the owner’s grandson, said the family hopes to rebuild.

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