Mario’s Pizza in New Bern has had to overcome a series of unfortunate events in the past year, but the obstacles aren’t keeping them down, and they’re back open for business.
“After Hurricane Florence hit, our sign was completely torn off and our equipment was destroyed,” Tieney Richards, counter manager, said. “A lot of it was from water damages. The ceilings were damaged.”
Richards said the restaurant was able to recover from Hurricane Florence, and they thought the worst had passed. Then, in early April, the store took another hit.
“An elderly woman had mixed up the brake and the gas and just drove right through the front of our store, and just took out the front counter, all of our display, the wall behind it,” Richards said.
Richards was working the front counter the day of the incident.
It was hard to explain, it’s not something you really hear often, it sounds like something out of a movie,” Richards.
Now Mario’s Pizza is back open for the second time in the last eight months. Customers have visited from as far as Georgia. Michael Waters said he drove 500 miles just to have a slice of Mario’s Pizza.
“I saw his light was on, and I told my sister, I gotta go have some Mario’s Pizza, and if you haven’t ever tried it, try it. It’s the best around,” Waters said.
Owners said they hope this is the last wave of inconveniences for the restaurant.