Restaurant owners who rebuilt after 2010 flood give back - WKRN News 2

Restaurant owners who rebuilt after 2010 flood give back


On the two year anniversary of the devastating flood of 2010, a family owned restaurant is donating 100% of their sales to help others.

Lori and Walt Randolph's restaurant, the Riverview Restaurant and Marina, was just one of many that were destroyed by the flood waters that swept through much of the Nashville area on May 2, 2010.  

The couple told Nashville's News 2 in an effort to rebuild their business they decided to sell everything the flood did not destroy.

"We sold our home [and] we sold most of our furnishings. I mean we sold just about everything we had. We sold it all," Lori Randolph said.

The business owners said it took more than a year and lots of help and support from the community for them to rebuild their restaurant.  

"After the flood no one forgot us. Even at Christmas we had people that took up money for our employees to help their families have a better Christmas and it just kept on and kept on going. It was amazing," Lori recalled.

During the process of rebuilding the Randolph's learned there is not a lot of help available for small business owners, which is why they decided to create a flood anniversary remembrance fund.

 "One hundred percent of the money brought in, minus 9.25% for the state of Tennessee sales tax,  the rest of it we are going to give to a small business that is in the middle of a disaster somewhat similar to ours," Walt Randolph explained.

The Randolph's rebuilt their restaurant better than before but still have pictures of the flood displayed on the walls to remind them of what they overcame with help of the community.

"It was amazing to see what everybody did and how everybody came together," said Lori.

The Randolph's said they plan to continue donating their proceeds to other small businesses recovering from disasters each year on the flood's anniversary.  

For more information on the Riverview Restaurant and Marina, visit their Web site.

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