Funeral home serving Lumberton community for decades converted to restaurant
Happenings on Elm is a restaurant in Lumberton that used to be a funeral home. Today, the building is as popular with the living as it was with the dead.
>> TONIGHT, WE FIND SCOTT MASON AT A ONE-YEAR-OLD RESTAURANT THAT HAS SURVIVED. >> Reporter: HAPPENING IN LUMBERTON, WINE, FOOD, ART AND LIFE AND THIS. SO YOU THINK THAT WAS THE EMBALMING ROOM? AND EMBALMING ROOM, NOW A KITCHEN. DISPLAYED COFFINS IN THIS ROOM. NOW, A DINING ROOM. NOW, A RESTROOM. REST IN P. >> THIS WAS THE CHAPEL AND THERE WERE CHAIRS AND AN ORGAN BACK HERE. >> Reporter: THIS WAS A FUNERAL HOME FROM THE 1930S UNTIL THE 80s. >> THE VERY FIRST FUNERAL I EVER WENT TO IN MY ENTIRE LIFE WAS HERE. >> Reporter: WELL, YOU REMEMBER THE FUNERAL AND NOW YOU WILL REMEMBER THE FOOD. >> I KNOW! WE ARE MAKING GREAT, NEW MEMORIES. AND THE FOOD IS GOOD AND DELICIOUS. >> WE COMPLETELY RENOVATED. I MEAN WE PUT A NEW ROOF ON. IT WAS 13 MONTHS RENOVATING. >> Reporter: RENOVATING THE FORMER FUNERAL HOME IN DOWNTOWN #10, A SPANISH-STYLE BUILDING THAT SET EMPTY FOR YEARS. THE SELLER. >> WE USE IT AS STORAGE FOR OUR WINE AND BEER. >> Reporter: THE PREPARATION. >> WE HAVE A VERY GOOD CHEF. A LOT OF VERY GOOD SANDWICHES, HOMEMADE CHICKEN SALAD. >> THEIR SPICES ARE JUST RIGHT. >> WE LOVE IT! >> Reporter: THE BUILDING HAS COME ALIVE, AGAIN! FINE WINE. THE CHARDONNAY ROOM. LUNCH FOR THE LADIES GOLF GROUP . >> Reporter: ARE YOU ALL GOOD GOLFERS? >> OH, NO! WE ARE TERRIBLE GOLFERS! >> Reporter: ART ON DISPLAY. CAN YOU BELIEVE THEY HAVE TRANSFORMED THE PLACE? >> THAT IS WHY I LOVE COMING HERE. >> THE PLACE HAS BEEN RESURRECTED. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO, TRYING TO BRING PEOPLE HERE. >> WE HAVE TAKEN THE FIRST STEP ON THIS END OF ELM STREET.