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Car crashes into Famous Dave’s on grand opening day

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EVERGREEN PARK, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Opening day at Famous Dave's newest restaurant in the southwest suburbs got off with a bang ... and a crash and a boom ... as a car went through the front windows Monday afternoon.

Miraculously, the female driver — who had been parked in front — crashed into the only empty booth, missing a family sitting "inches away," Brett Larrabee, company spokesman, told the SouthtownStar.

She apparently hit the gas pedal instead of the brake.

"We are very grateful there were no serious injuries," said Larrabee, who was on the scene when the accident occurred at 3 p.m., just four hours after the opening in Evergreen Park.

He said two women — the driver and a customer — were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

"It's just a huge blessing that no one was critically hurt," he said.

Crews were busy cleaning up as of 5 p.m., and Larrabee hoped Famous Dave's could reopen Tuesday, or at the latest, Wednesday.

Larrabee said he heard a "huge boom" but didn't immediately know what it was.

"I saw the car. It was almost like being in a movie. It was so surreal," he said. "It's not every day you watch a car roll into a restaurant."

He said he immediately began looking for anyone who may have been hurt, and helped the driver exit her Honda Accord.

"She was so upset," he said.

Despite the commotion, the scene was not chaotic, he said.

"Most people were wondering how they were so lucky," Larrabee said. "It's just the most amazing thing that no one was in that area."

He also credited the Evergreen Park police and fire departments for their quick and professional response.

As grand openings go, this one was "very hectic and very surprising," Larrabee said.

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