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The new owner of the old Mississippi Belle building, Steve Sawitzke, is pictured with Bella vista owners Lisa Van Horn, left, and Jennifer Melecio. Star Gazette photo by Katrina Styx

Italian restaurant coming to downtown Hastings

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For years, 101 East Second Street has sat vacant. Most commonly known as the former Mississippi Belle, the building has been empty since 2010.


But this summer, the historic building will re-open with a new name, new owners and a whole new look. Business partners Jennifer Melecio and Lisa Van Horn plan to open a new Italian restaurant there named Bella Vista.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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