NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A popular Nashville restaurant is facing a decision so many are dealing with after the flood, to rebuild or move on.
Dairy King on East Thompson Lane has been in the same location for over four decades.
The restaurant is now gutted and owner Jeff Jones is unsure what the future holds.
The Dairy King has been in his family since the 1970s.
Jones told News 2 when the floodwaters threatened to swallow the restaurant and everything inside earlier this month, he wasn't about to go down without a fight.
"I was kind of like the captain going down with the ship," he recalled. "I was grabbing everything I could on my way out."
Jones scrambled to high ground on May 1 where he watched his restaurant drown in over six feet of water from Mill Creek.
Thanks to the generosity of complete strangers, the restaurant went from flooded to completely gutted in only a few days. Weeks later, it still brings tears to his eyes.
Jones told News 2 they were ready to start the building process two weeks ago Monday but when he went to apply for a building permit, he found out it wasn't as simple as filling out a form.
"Do we want to come in here and reinvest in the floodway?" Jones asked himself. "That there in lies the dilemma we're faced with."
According to Jones, if repairs cost more than half of what the building was worth, Metro Codes calls it new construction.
With new construction, Dairy King would have to move because they are located across the street from Mill Creek and in a floodway.
Jones thinks the building will require more than half its worth in construction to again be operational again and churning out its famous deep fried chocolate pies.
"We [have] to make this decision in a matter of weeks instead of taking time and researching," Jones said. "It is a huge decision that is all on my shoulders."
At the time of the flood, Dairy King only had 14 mortgage payments left on the property.
Jones is now faced with maybe having to start all over again somewhere else.