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Clayton Eatery Hit by Plane Honors First Responders

Posted April 22, 2008

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— A popular Clayton restaurant held a dinner for first responders Tuesday night as a "thank you" for their fast work when a small plane slammed into the building.

McCall's BBQ and Seafood, at 10365 U.S. Highway 70 West, was heavily damaged on Sept. 21 when a single-engine, 1947 North American Navion crashed into the front of the restaurant.

"It could have been so much worse," co-owner Worth Westbrook said. "Everything that happened, we could replace those things. If some of our staff had gotten hurt, some of our customers had gotten hurt, we would never have recovered from that."

"Fifteen to 20 minutes later, our servers would have been in here. Anybody that would have been in here would have been dead,” General Manager Terry Tyner said.

McCall's hosted a free "First Responders, Friends and Family Night" dinner Tuesday evening for the men and women who helped after the crash.

"When you really need them (first responders), they were there for us, so we wanted to be there for them tonight,” Westbrook said.

The owners rebuilt McCall's in recent months to include a revamped dining area.

"Well, we're just really excited to be back," Westbrook said.

The pilot of the plane, Garry Stephen Reid, of Galivants Ferry, S.C., was killed. No one else was injured in the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board has not yet determined the cause of the crash.

McCall's will reopen to the public Wednesday at 11 a.m.

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  • FromClayton Apr 23, 2008

    Glass half full - yes that is true. they used some of the insurance money to pay the staff so they could survive until the place was back open. Wasn't that nice?

    and they have a great catering business so that kept a lot of them busy. I have had their food catered in 2x since the plane went through the clayton shop. yummy stuff.

  • b4self Apr 23, 2008

    great food and service . I was there once with sisters/cousins and the mgr was so nice ,we were just taking up space at the end of the meal talking because it had been years sence some of us had seen each other point is the MGR himself told us to stay as long as we liked several times and he even poured us coffee himself several times. GREAT PLACE and wonderful food *****

  • Glass Half Full Apr 23, 2008

    I also understand the owner put as many of the employees from this location to work in his other locations and in catering while this location was being re-built and that all the employees continued to be paid throughout the re-build. Not many people thank the police, fire, and rescue workers when they should. I'll be going out of my way to go there just becuase I want to give my business to a place who appreciates the things around them. The owner should be commended.

  • news4u Apr 23, 2008

    Thanks Worth and Randy and all of the staff at McCall's. The food is excellent, the staff is frindly and attentive and I love all of the TV's. Welcome back!

  • FromClayton Apr 23, 2008

    oh that was nice. I love this place. I am so excited to see it back. I'm going there sunday after church. yay!

  • Just the facts mam Apr 23, 2008

    That was nice of this restaurant to honor the First Responders - they did not have to do this but I am sure the First Responders appreciated this - and hopefully the restaurant will be paid back in kind...

  • garnertoy Apr 23, 2008

    the one in goldsboro is really good

  • giffman Apr 23, 2008

    I ate there once with my family. The food was not that good.

  • saltygirl2 Apr 23, 2008

    I'm drooling already!!! I missed the best BBQ around!!!!!

  • Funky Neighbor LEE Apr 23, 2008

    Open today at 11:00; good cooking is BACK in Clay-town.