Popular Beach Restaurant Ravaged by Tornado

By: Courtney Hayes
By: Courtney Hayes

No one knows the horror that Ivan brought more than this man.
"Mother nature's going to do what it wants to. Just thankful to be alive."
Steve Stevens owns Hamilton's restaurant, and was inside at 3:30 Wednesday afternoon when all he's ever worked for was destroyed in seconds.

"I'm very fortunate to be alive. I'm sorry for the employees. we were doing great here."
And for 70 Hamilton's employees the tragedy hits home in more ways than one.
"Without a business you can't have a home," says Ray Petttis--Hamilton's Manager.
Stevens says it will take millions to rebuild, and many things can't be replaced by an insurance claim.
But that won't stop him from trying.
"I'll be back. I'll be here. I may be down, but I'm not out."

STEVENS SAYS HE'S TRYING GET WORK FOR ALL OF HIS EMPLOYEES.
A NEARBY RESTAURANT WILL TRY TO TAKE SOME OF THEM IN.


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