Local diner is taking a bite out of hunger


SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — The holidays are winding down, but the season of giving is far from over for one Shallotte diner.

For several months not the Old Shally Diner has been more than just a local eatery, the restaurant also serves as a soup kitchen.

“We start our soups in the morning, around 9:00 in the morning, and then we’ll serve them until 3. We close at 3:00,” said owner Nick Gavrilis, who operates the restaurant with his wife Tracy.

Anyone who needs a meal is welcome.

“There’s no questions asked. They can have a second bowl if they want it and it comes with a slice of bread,” said Gavrilis.

This is no junk food.

“Soups are homemade everyday and they’ll vary from anything that we have leftover to homemade chicken noodle soup,” Gavrilis said.

The giving doesn’t stop there, many people who are behind the counter work for free.

“We have volunteers that come and help us in the kitchen staff and some of the waitresses come in and put their time in a help out,” said Gavrilis.

A large portion of proceeds from food sales in the restaurant go to making sure there is always food to go around. The Old Shally Diner serves soup seven days a week 12 months a year.

If you happen to be allergic to something that is in the soup of the day the diner will whip you up a substitute for free.

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