BURGAW, NC (WWAY) –One day before his 71st birthday, a Pender County business owner says goodbye to his 37-year-old restaurant.
Some in Pender County consider Holland’s Shelter Creek is an icon.
“When I drove by and saw that Holland’s was actually being torn down today, I had to stop,” said Cathy Claris. “It’s my favorite restaurant in the world.”
Claris says it is heartbreaking to see a landmark going away.
Owner Stephen Holland says the restaurant was always busy.
“Most of my customers travel 30 to 100 miles to get here, and they come every week,” said Holland.
Holland says flooding from Hurricane Florence moved the restaurant off its foundation but, he does not have flood insurance and cannot afford to rebuild.
“We don’t qualify for low interest loans,” said Holland. “We qualify for the highest loans you can get, which is over 7.5 percent. You can’t build back after 7.5 percent.”
Holland says he does not want to go, but he is now focused on restoring the power and plumbing to the campground next to the restaurant.
He says there are many campers with nowhere to go who need a home.
If you are looking to help, support the ‘Rebuild Holland’s Shelter Creek’ GoFundMe.