CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (WECT) - Taken out by Hurricane Florence like many other businesses, Crush and Grind has taken a little longer to get back on it’s feet. On Monday, the popular coffee shop will open it’s doors for the first time in nearly nine months.
“You need to make quick decisions to stop the bleeding and that’s what we did," said owner Dominic DePierro. "'Eight months later, this is what you’re looking at. We have a new bar and it looks great and we’re going to open the doors tomorrow, Monday at 8 a.m. and it’s right back to business as usual. That’s it.”
Making the announcement in a Facebook post, Crush and Grind noted they will be open with a limited menu, but say they plan to grow it as time goes on.
After Hurricane Florence, the entire infrastructure of the building had to be taken out and replaced. Owners say if another hurricane or bad storm were to hit, they’re ready for it.
“It’s a lot more water-proof. More than the first four feet are tile,” said Nadine Antonelli, one of four owners. “We anticipate that we will flood again, and we don’t want to have to rip anything out so that’s an advantage.”
Originally, the company was hoping to be back for the Memorial Day rush to the beaches, but knew there was still work to be done.
“We want to start nice and easy, make sure we can provide a good service to our clientele and just as the weeks go on, slowly build back up. But we’re still going to have all of our coffee, we’re still going to have our cold brew, which has become very famous down here," said DePierro. "We’re still going to have all of the options of craft beer, and we’re still going to have that really nice wine list that we built the name on.”