Hilton Head Island, S.C. —
Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks incurred severe damage in Hurricane Matthew. Contractors estimated the restaurant would be closed for four months after the storm.
“It feels awesome. I mean we’re a lot better at restaurant-ing than we are at running chainsaws and construction,” said Andrew Carmines, Hudson’s General Manager.
His staff worked from 6 am until 6 pm every day, helping with repairs. Carmines said more than three feet of water filling the dining rooms after the storm.
“When I came in Saturday morning after the storm, all the water had rushed into the building, and all the furniture was floating,” Carmines said.
The restaurant had a list of repairs almost too long to name.
“Basically we had to rip out all of the siding inside, take out all the insulation, replace any wet or rotten wood, dry everything out, replace the flooring. A lot of demolition, we had to demolish the whole deck where the bar was,” Carmines said.
They don’t yet know the total cost of the recovery.
“The ticker tape is still running, but I think we’re going to be alright which is the good thing,” Carmines said.
And it’s all thanks to the restaurant’s hardworking staff.
“The day we were allowed to come back to the island, our staff was here, 70 strong, and they did not stop working until the place was open. If it wasn’t for them, we probably wouldn’t be open for another three, four weeks,” Carmines said.