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Clayton Restaurant Plans to Rebuild After Plane Crash

Posted September 22, 2007
Updated September 24, 2007

— Cleanup after a fatal plane crash is on hold at a Clayton restaurant as investigators finish their work.

Investigators said they believe the pilot was flying the small, single-engine plane that slammed into McCalls BBQ and Seafood restaurant located at 10365 U.S. Highway 70 West on Friday.

“The percussion of the blast actually blew that entire wall off the building,” said Worth Westbrook, owner of McCall's BBQ and Seafood.

The mangled plane could be seen inside the exposed dining area. By Saturday afternoon, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Administration had collected a lot of the wreckage.

McCall's employee Jennifer Dudley said she had a close call with the falling aircraft.

“I was coming into the parking lot when the plane crossed in front of my car,” Dudley said.

“All ceilings in the entire restaurant will have to be replaced because of the water damage,” Westbrook said.

While dining-in is out of the question until the restaurant is rebuilt, the catering service is still operational. Catering orders from the Clayton location are being sent to McCall's in Goldsboro.

Owners do not know the cost of the damage yet, but said they have insurance. It is expected to be enough to cover rebuilding and pay its 100 employees until the restaurant re-opens.

“From our standpoint, it's just matter of fixing it back,” Westbrook said.

Westbrook said the last time a McCall's restaurant shut down was after Hurricane Fran, for about five days.

The cause of the plane crash has not been released.


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  • JoeyC Sep 24, 2007

    I don't think I've ever had hot pudding...

  • educationisliberation Sep 23, 2007

    i grew up with mccalls in goldsboro and was very excited when they opened in clayton, which is closer to us. i find the bbq chicken to be excellent. the banana pudding, served cold, is hitting below the mark. i expect my pudding to be served hot. either way, i anxiously wait for the re-opening and hope it occurs while i'm still pregnant (I've come to love a good buffet.)

  • NCTeacher Sep 23, 2007

    I don't even think it was Hurricane Fran. I remember the Goldsboro McCalls having some problems with being flooded after Floyd.

    And whether McCalls has great food or not-it is still a horrible tragedy that has happened.

  • parr4246 Sep 23, 2007

    Kattails................ the postings here always seem to go wayward/off subject

  • blu-burd Sep 23, 2007

    I commend Mccall's for thinking of the employees salary while being closed and I HIGHLY commend the Pilot for his attempt to miss the highway traffic and land the plane in a parking lot. Sorry for the pilot and his family.The family should feel proud of the pilot for what he tried to do to save livea.

  • LamWal Sep 23, 2007

    If the food was so bad there would not have been so many cars in its parking lot every day. Who cares if you do not like the food. Trust me your one opinion obviously did not hurt their business and I for one can not wait for it to open back up.

  • Kattails Sep 23, 2007

    There are some really sick folks on here, here we have a tragedy and folks are griping about their food. I thought we are suppose to make comments related to the story itself, not about the food or other issues. Oh, by the way, I have eaten at the Clayton location many times and the food is wonderful, especially the buffet. I say keep it up and when you reopen, I'll be the first in line to get in!

  • abf1 Sep 22, 2007

    My prayers go out to the family of the pilot and that they will have the strength to get through the loss of a loved one. It's a miracle that it was only the pilot that died. Could have been so much worse.

  • Bumble Bee Sep 22, 2007

    The article really isn't about the quality of the food. It's about not getting beaten down by a tragedy. This isn't about whether you liked their food or not. It's about a business that many of us have patronized, employees who are members of our community, and doing what you have to do despite the stuff that falls on you.

    I've eaten at McCalls many times. It's not the best food and it's not the worst food. It's a country buffet with all the good and bad that comes with it. I'll be back to eat there again - and that's what this story is about.

  • mrtwinturbo Sep 22, 2007

    slteach.....ummmm the first word in the story is Clayton

    bluebird1075....talking to the management is not going to make the food any better, just get you another awful or meal or a refund....oh and by the way no one was other than the pilot that lost his life....

    Oh by the way the one in Goldsboro dried up food too