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Fire Guts Senator's Restaurant on Coast

Posted May 1, 2007

— Basnight's Lone Cedar Café, owned by state Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight, was extensively damaged by fire early Tuesday, authorities said.

More than 50 firefighters from 10 departments responded to the fire, which was noticed by a passing motorist at about 12:45 a.m., authorities said.

Damage to the restaurant, a popular spot on the Outer Banks, was estimated at more than $1 million.

Nags Head Public Safety and the State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the cause of the fire.


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  • colliefan May 1, 2007

    What comes around goes around...Basnight is a political hack who aranged for state funds to be used for the highway in front of his resturant. He makes sure bills that he dislikes are routed to a committee that never meets. I don't believe in the concept of karma but if I did, this would be a great instance for its implementation.

  • NCSpeedDiva May 1, 2007

    My Mom says it's completely burned to the ground. She lives there and it's her favorite restaurant. Very sad news.

  • hersheyspots May 1, 2007

    This was s great restuarant to eat at & enjoy. My husband & I ate there everytime we went to the outer banks, which is at least 3 or 4 times a year. Mr. Basnight worked in the restaurant himself & would often wait tables when the General Assembly was not in session. He even waited on us a couple of times!!!! He had a lot of collectable items on display, including an autographed basketball from Roy Williams & the rest of the team (GO HEELS!!!) This will be a big blow to the beach & I really hope that he rebuilds, but you simply could not beat the food!!!!

  • Doctor Dataclerk May 1, 2007

    Quick, set up an emergency location to pass political cash at.

  • Mrfeelgood May 1, 2007

    LMAO Benson!!!

  • 2alegal May 1, 2007

    Sounds fishy.........Good place to eat though.......