Dales Seafood reopens months after fire destroys building

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — a Columbus County restaurant that burned down last year is back and better than ever. Dale’s Seafood had it’s grand reopening Thursday night.When Dale’s Seafood burned down in June 2017, owner Rusty Tyson vowed to rebuild.- Advertisement – “I’m not a quitter, I’m a winner. And I told people I’d be back,” said Tyson.Dale’s has been a Tabor City staple since the 1980’s.Tyson had originally planned to have the restaurant rebuilt and ready to reopen by October, but he ran into some setbacks.Related Article: California firefighters fan flames with broken window post“We had 100 rain days, and then we got the metal building up, the metal part,” said Tyson. “And then we put our first piece of metal up, and we had no screws. They sent me somebody else’s screws, the wrong color. I needed grey and they sent me green.”Tyson’s friend and builder of the new restaurant Jeffrey Sumner says it had to be constructed differently to meet new building code.“Metal studs, metal building, all drywall, very little wood in the whole building,” said Sumner. “State of the art fire sprinkler system, fire alarm system, HVAC system. Everything’s state of the art.”Sumner says they got the certificate of occupancy at 8:30 Thursday morning, and the restaurant was open by 4:00 p.m.Besides the building, not much else has changed.“I waited seven months just to come eat at Dale’s Seafood. But I say it was worth the wait,” said one man.With a packed parking lot, it seems the grand reopening was a success.“Dale’s Seafood is back. Just tell the whole world we’re back,” said Tyson.Tyson says he expects to be even busier over the coming weekend.last_img

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