The restaurant will live on after being destoyed by Hurricane Florence
PENDER COUNTY -- Holland's Shelter Creek Restaurant will live on -- just not in the same location.
The restaurant, a longtime fixture of rural Pender County selling its famous catfish sandwich and frog legs, was destroyed in floodwaters from Hurricane Florence. The restaurant, which sat just off N.C. 53 and along Holly Shelter Creek, also was heavily flooded during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.
Owner Steve Holland confirmed Friday he plans to reopen in Holly Ridge -- likely sometime in June or July.
When the restaurant was torn down in October, Holland told the StarNews he planned on rebuilding at some point, but realized it was not feasible.
"I just couldn't figure out how to make a restaurant 12 feet in the air to escape more floods and many of my customers are older -- getting them up there would've been a hard time," Holland said. "Plus it was going to cost me $1 million, and I'm a little old to go that far in debt."
Holland said if it weren't for his staff and his grandchildren, he may not have reopened at all.
He is currently renovating the former Bogey's Sports Bar at 756 East N.C. 50, Holly Ridge.
The menu will stay the same with the addition of steaks and oysters on the half shell.
Reporter Ashley Morris can be reached at Ashley.Morris@StarNewsOnline.com.