WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - They say when one door closes another one opens, and for the former employees of one Wilmington restaurant that's exactly what happened.
At Ezzell's Breakfast House on Carolina Beach Road, you can see the sign is faded and the lights are turned off, but just because it's closed doesn't mean the people working inside are out of a job. Instead, they were offered jobs at a restaurant just down the road.
John Roberts has been whipping up breakfast dishes for years.
"I love the prep, I love the food," said Roberts. "I love the people, I love to walk out and they smile and want to shake your hand." When he found out the place he worked, Ezzell's, was closing, he was worried.
"I was scared," said Roberts. "I was definitely scared, I thought I would be without a job." However, that didn't happen.
The owners of The Harp, a nearby restaurant, offered the former employees jobs and decided to start serving up breakfast seven days a week.
"When you have a good employee - that's very valuable," said Margaret Jennings. She and her husband used to go to the Breakfast House all the time and say the employees were not only good cooks but a good team.
"Finding a good team that works well together is difficult that's something that takes years," said Jennings. That's why they made room in their kitchen, for any former employees that wanted a job.
The Harp will be open for breakfast for the first time on Thursday at 5am.
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