Restaurant surfaces after the flood

March 4, 2008 3:40:03 PM PST
Hot breakfast is being served again at a popular Bucks County restaurant. It's a much different picture today than from the past two years. The Charcoal Steaks 'n Things was flooded three times... in the course of twenty months!

As the sun comes up over the Delaware River, Yardley restaurant owner Tony Plescha takes in the view. He says, "It's nice to kind of sit there and say, 'Well, I don't have to worry about that coming in my front door now,' you know?"

After being flooded out for the third time in June 2006, along with the rest of the town, Tony's Charcoal Steak 'N Things restaurant was forced to close.

"It looked like a disaster, like a hurricane struck it. That's what it looked like. It was terrible," explained Louise Metzger, a waitress at the restaurant.

The old building had to be demolished and rebuilt. 21 months later the local gathering place is serving food again - This time from the second story. Tony rebuilt his restaurant above the 100-year flood mark and his loyal customers couldn't be happier he's back in business.

Mike Levy is a happy customer, telling us, "Every flood they'd get shut down and I'm just glad it's raised up and i don't think it's going to happen again."

It cost Tony over $800,000 (all of his retirement savings) to rebuild. He wasn't sure about doing it, but his customers kept calling saying when will you reopen?

"We have people driving by every day honking horns going, 'glad you're coming back' and stuff like that. So, we felt it was worth the move to make the investment," said Tony.

Tony hopes next time the river floods that investment will keep his restaurant high and dry.