WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - After months of renovation, restaurant and Southport staple, Oliver’s, has finally reopened just in time for summer.
The restaurant sustained severe flood damage from Hurricane Florence, requiring the business to construct a new subfloor, new flooring in the kitchen, bathroom, and a new bar.
“To be back here, it was my dream to even open a restaurant on the east coast and now I’m just reliving that," said district executive chef Dustin Garrett who is relieved to be back in business.
Garrett also notes that, “now that we’re open, it feels like we were never even really closed which is the best feeling in the world. And we have so many happy guests and happy staff, it’s like we didn’t miss a step.”
General manager Mike Magee is happy to return to work with his staff, pointing out that, “we have so many employees that are like family and for them to have held on, there’s so many things that can be said for a crew that have been with us for years.”
Known for its views of the Cape Fear River, Oliver’s is located on a historic piece of land that has been a centerpiece for Southport since the 1700′s.
The spot has great significance for Southport residents and has been used as a ship’s chandler and a popular meeting spot for members of the military stationed at Fort Caswell during World War II.