SNOW HILL, N.C. (WNCT) – One woman is working to reopen a downtown Snow Hill restaurant damaged by Hurricane Matthew.
Crystal Ford is taking the reopening of the restaurant into her own hands.
Ford said, “First of all I love to feed people, serve people, host people, I mean it’s just what I love to do.”
Crystal Ford has a passion for southern hospitality
When thinking about the atmosphere for her restaurant Ford said, “I like little old men who come in in the morning and drink their coffee and read their newspaper and I know them by name and the read their newspaper and I know them by name and know what they order.”
She has a vision for her new restaurant.
“I do plan on doing breakfast, there’s not many places in Greene County where you can sit down and eat a breakfast like you cook at your own home.”
For Ford this new adventure is personal.
“I was taken away from my real mom at 12 and I was adopted into an abusive environment and I left when I was 15. I never went back,” said Ford.
It was her first job at Aggies as a waitress that gave her hope again, “From that point on I wanted to do better for my child than I had for me and Aggies was just my home.”
With walls as old as the memories, Ford knows she’s got a lot of work ahead of her.
She said, “The bathrooms need to be completely redone the floors, it’s old carpet in the dining area which looks horrible, all booths all tables, the walls are a very dark brown dark yellow colors there’s a lot to be done.”
A new restaurant will mean a new name.
“Me and my husband are kind of on a battle here but my husband likes ‘Greene Street Diner’ because it’s on Greene Street and it’s in Greene County. Most of my friends and me are kind of with ‘Crystal’s”
Ford said she’s taking it one step at a time to reach her dream and that everyday offers something new.
She said she hopes to open the restaurant sometime in June.
If you would like to donate to help Ford reach her dream click on her gofundme account.