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Smoker stolen from Pueblo BBQ restaurant replaced

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PUEBLO -

It's a happy ending to what started as a heartbreaking story. 

News 5 first reported about a barbecue smoker stolen from a Pueblo business back in February. The owner of Nana's BBQ, Wendy Samora, shared that she might have to shut down her restaurant for good. 

Since then, it's been a long road for Samora as she waited for insurance to kick in so she could buy the smoker she needed to keep her restaurant running. 

Samora's emotions since February have been "an emotional roller coaster ride, anger, hatred, the crying, depression kicked in, yeah, it was rough."

It was around February 10 when Samora's custom-made smoker was stolen from her home in Boone. 

"When they steal your livelihood what else are you supposed to do?"

The smoker was an expensive piece of equipment and her restaurant's main source of revenue.

"We had a rough battle there for awhile...that was our big fear that we were going to have to shut down altogether. We did. We had to move locations."

The move, Samora says, happened due to lease issues. The business is now at the Fraternal Order of Eagles #145 in Pueblo. 

"These guys had asked us to put in a bid for the job for the kitchen and we did, and we won the job and we're so grateful for that."

She's also grateful for the community's help in replacing the stolen smoker. The process to do that was another emotional roller coaster she had to ride. 

"We had a smoker that we were looking at in Texas...when I called the lady to arrange with her so I could go pick it up they had already sold it...so your heart just drops and you don't know what to do. You get stuck."

She wasn't stuck for long. A few weeks later '"one of my customers here had said "Wendy, look, this is an ad on Craigslist. Call her."'

That phone call led Samora to New Mexico to purchase the replacement smoker and bring it to Pueblo. 

"We're back in business and I am so grateful." 

Nana's BBQ is open on the following days:

Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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