LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Like his barbecue, the recovery process for Bill Davis and Hickory Barn Bar-B-Que is slow-cooking.
“It’s not any big hurry,” said Davis.
The April 28th storms destroyed his pit house and damaged his roof and not much looks different nearly two months later.
“There’s not really enough hours in the day,” said Davis.
He was able to salvage most of his equipment and memorabilia, but Davis will have to rebuild his restaurant.
“I didn’t lose everything,” said Davis. “I can rebuild the building. If I need to, I’ll set a tent up and I can run out of a tent if I have to, but there’s a lot of people that have lost everything.”
Davis did not have insurance and he did not qualify for the U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans available to storm victims.
Until he can reopen, he takes on a couple of catering jobs a week, but that leaves little time for cleanup.
“The longer I’m closed, the more of that money I’m spending, so I’ve got to get something done, I’ve got to get moving,” said Davis.
His initial plan was to reopen by the Fourth of July.
So far, he has bought a metal roof for a new building to go behind his old one and he has plans to have a concrete pad poured.
His goal now is to be up and running October 10th, which is the anniversary of his original opening date nearly six years ago.
It is not as he planned, but Davis still appreciates everything he has.
“This tornado has brought out the best in a lot of people. I know it’s a pretty rough place for everybody right now, it still looks bad and a lot of people got it rough, but there’s been a lot of good come out of it,” said Davis.
Once Davis has his new roof installed and the pad poured, he plans to host a “barn-raising” for the community to attend.
He hopes to have this event ready to go by mid-August.
Check out his Facebook page for more updates on the restaurant, Hickory Barn Bar-B-Que.
For more on the restaurant and how Davis helped storm victims after the April 28th storms, click here.
After filing this story, WHNT News 19 took action and called the Small Business Administration.
The SBA has since reached out to Davis.
He said that they told him they are willing to work with him to help him reopen his restaurant.
WHNT News 19 will continue to monitor SBA’s involvement to make sure they follow through on their promise.