“Bonfire” reopens six months after Hurricane Florence

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CONWAY, SC (WBTW)- Bonfire, a staple restaurant along Conway’s Riverwalk is back open today, after having to close its doors for six months due to flooding from Hurricane Florence.

The owner and locals said this has been a long time coming after feet of water made its way inside.

A little scary, but good. To be back in here with all the old staff, which I consider family is heart-warming, said owner, Darren Smith.

Smith’s staff had to find another job for six months before they were back up and running. He said two feet of flood water from Hurricane Florence made it inside, and everything had to go.

Basically everything in the building four feet down, the sheet rock, electrical, the flooring, you name it, said Smith.

Smith said things could’ve been worse.

We were down business for six months which isn’t great, but certainly people had it worse than me, and I’m thankful for that, said Smith.

Smith has been working around the clock to get these doors back open, and in only a couple of hours locals were back to their favorite spot.

It was a very solemn town here over the winter with the flooding, and spring is here so people are cheering up and one of the staples is back open, said patron, Jeffrey Fought.

The City of Conway suffered three million dollars worth of infrastructural damage, which includes the Riverwalk. City officials said they have future plans to replace all of the Riverwalk, and are looking for a new material that won’t have major damage if it floods again. 

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