The restaurant manager reflects on the damage caused by the tornado

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – An area hard hit by Saturday’s tornado was the US 31-W Bypass.

A catastrophic tornado ripped through one of Bowling Green’s most iconic streets.

“Oh no, that never happened and I never imagined it would happen,” says Fernando Javier Mata, manager of Puerto Vallarta on the ring road.

“I’ve lived in Kentucky for 15 years, I’ve lived in Bowling Green and Glasgow,” he adds.

Mata says he considered bringing his family to a restaurant that night.

“I was at home and for me it felt like the restaurant was a safer place because the building is concrete. I thought to myself, I’m going to go and bring my family here because it would be easier for me, for everyone be well I came here that night after all that happened, and I saw the damage, and I thought it was a good thing I didn’t brought my family because if it was then thank god the damage here wasn’t as bad but if I had brought my family here everyone would have been scared,” he explained.

The restaurant suffered extensive damage.

Mata also added, “As you can see, the roof is destroyed, all the air conditioners flew away, one landed on the other side, everything outside is damaged. Inside there is a lot of water, everything is practically destroyed.

Mata says that even though many have to start over, “we shouldn’t give up, instead we should try harder and give our all, thank God we didn’t die, there are a lot of people who have lost the lives, their families, their businesses and that’s just sad.

The restaurant has been there since 1990.

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