Michael Ballard, owner of The Full Throttle Saloon, released a statement regarding the September 7th fire that destroyed the legendary Sturgis, South Dakota bar.

Here's what Ballard had to say about the fire and the possibility of rebuilding The Full Throttle Saloon, according to MusicJunkiePress.com:

Over the last two decades, The Full Throttle Saloon has been the epicenter of my life.  Walking the grounds following this tragedy is simply devastating.  We created a destination that resonated with working class America, and became over time a landmark for this great town which is Sturgis.  Over the last several years, I’ve taken the success of the Full Throttle and made a significant investment in rebuilding my hometown of Trimble, Tennessee (where the Full Throttle S’loonshine distillery is based). Because of that large financial investment I am not in a position to just start rebuilding today. Right now I have to process what has happened and then figure out the future. As our plans come together, they will be shared but as for today Angie and I are devastated.  To everyone who made the Full Throttle become the special destination we all came to love, simply thank you.  The support from the local community and those across the globe has been humbling.

Ballard's business partner and Jackyl frontman Jesse James Dupree also released a statement:

Michael created not just a bar but a destination point.  People come to see Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, The Badlands, and the Full Throttle Saloon when visiting South Dakota. I hope everyone can stop for a moment, and appreciate not only the investment but also the heart and soul that Michael put into the Full Throttle Saloon. My brothers in Jackyl and I along with the hundreds of thousands of others that we call our Full Throttle family are starting the movement TODAY to bring the Throttle Back!

The cause of the fire that destroyed The Full Throttle Saloon is still under investigation.