Family devastated after business deemed total loss

AUGUSTA (WQOW) – The Augusta community is mourning the loss of a local favorite, Tugger’s Café and Catering after it was deemed a total loss following a Sunday fire.

“It wasn’t just my mom and dad’s place, it was the community’s place, really,” said co-owner Tugger Francel’s daughter, Bobby Jo. “It’s where we’d all meet for breakfast, lunch, dinner.”

Bobby Jo said her mother grew up in a large family and loved cooking for others; so much so, that Tugger spent 32 years serving customers and forming relationships with the regulars that she’s come to call family.

“I talked to Tugger earlier and there were tears in her voice and it just hurts the whole family, so hopefully we can do something about it,” said Tugger’s nephew, Ryan Krier.

Three weeks ago, Joe and Tugger Francel would have gotten $300,000 from insurance, but because of recent developments, they’ll now only receive $5,000.

Krier said the family always sticks…

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