“The power of water is awesome, and it’s hard to imagine how in a flooded situation it can devastate a facility like this one,” Billy Toler, President of the Ruritan Club said.
The Pink Supper House has been a part of Duplin County since the early 1950s.
Mack Raynor with the Ruritan Club said the building has brought in a lot of people over the years and even helped create three churches, but what it’s most known for is its barbecue.
“It was a restaurant in the country that brought people from all around to eat here and just get out of the hustle and bustle of the city,” Clint Blanton, member of the Board of the Directors for Ruritan Club said
People visited from all over North Carolina.
“Kinston, Jacksonville, Goldsboro, Wilmington, and it was a well-known stop as the Pink Supper House,” Mack Raynor, Secretary of the Ruritan Club said.
Since Hurricane Florence, it’s been forced to close.
The community building got seven feet of water during the storm.
“We look at the building now and it’s a skeleton,” Toler said. And it’s heartbreaking to see people that worked so many years to have and to see in just a matter of a few hours or so, it’s gone. It’s destroyed.”
Toler said there’s a lot of work that needs to be done to restore the facility starting from the floor to replacing damaged equipment.
“It’s going to take time, it’s going to take money, it’s gonna take some help to get it back in operation,” Blanton said.
Right now the Ruritan Club is seeking help from volunteers to begin the recovery process in efforts to restore the Pink Supper House.
“One day we hope to have it back,” Raynor said.
The Ruritan Club is also raising funds for recovery costs with the help from Thomas Bennett, an artist from Wilmington, who has created paintings of the Pink Supper House from the 1950s.