Olde House Cafe serves 1,000 meals per day during storm | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | October 28, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: October 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm
Two days before Hurricane Matthew began wreaking havoc on Colleton County and surrounding areas, SCE&G contacted Olde House Café owner Tim Sumner about making plans to feed the large number of linemen who would be arriving in Walterboro to assist with the restoration of power. Soon after that call, Coastal Electric Cooperative called, followed by the National Guard.
The Olde House staff, along with family and friends, worked day and night to prepare more than 1,000 meals a day for the duration of the power outages, in addition to feeding the normal walk-in customers every day during business hours, said owner Tim Sumner. “Regretfully, we had to decline the National Guard’s request because we felt we would not be able to stock enough food, or get it prepared, for that many people,” Sumner said.
The restaurant’s staff worked closely with the U.S. Food Service and went to Columbia every day to pick up food needed for the next day. Hot breakfasts were catered on site at crew locations, and box lunches were provided for linemen so they could eat in the field to allow non-stop work during the day.
At night, Old House catered meals for Coastal Electric crews as they began returning to the office to refuel their trucks and pick up their next assignments.
“Old House can certainly ‘Brag About Walterboro,’” Sumner said. “Our hats are off to the CEC and SCE&G line crews and office personnel who worked so diligently to restore the power outages and will continue to do so as they clean up in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. A big thank you goes out to these people, as well as the staff at Olde House Café, our family and friends. We all make Walterboro a special place to live.”