Anthony Wade Stop N Go

Anthony Wade, co-owner of Stop & Go Drive Inn, hands an order to a customer on July 23, 2017. (JAKE PARRISH/Yakima Herald-Republic)

The owners of the Stop N Go Drive In in Yakima say they plan to rebuild.

The popular restaurant on Fruitvale Boulevard was damaged in a fire Thursday.

The business posted the following message on Facebook Friday morning:

“Good morning. Anthony and I wanted to reach out and say thank you for all the kind words about the fire yesterday. We are extremely grateful to have so much support from family, friends, and our community.

“Stop N Go was purchased about 23 years ago by Wilbert and Christine Wade- Anthony and Erin’s parents. After Wilbert passed away, Chris continued to keep the Drive In afloat until eventually Anthony started running it. Anthony and I (Josie) now own it and it is a huge part of our lives. We love getting our two kids together with Erin’s kids- Chris and Wilbert’s 4 grandchildren- at the restaurant to play and eat.

“The restaurant means so much to our family as it is a wonderful piece of Wilbert left behind for us to enjoy.

“With that being said, it is our full intention to rebuild and continue the legacy. We’re not sure how long it will take, but we will be back! Thank you for your patience and support.”

The restaurant has been a Yakima landmark since 1948. It's known for its Texas cheeseburger, fries and ice cream shakes.

Yakima firefighters were called out at 11:43 a.m. Thursday after multiple callers reported seeing smoke and flames at the business.