Two Millville restaurants have booming business after Hurricane Michael

MILLVILLE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Gene's Oyster Bar and Sweet Magnolia's Deli, two staples of Millville, had to close their doors for almost a month after Hurricane Michael, but that didn't stop them from coming back ready to serve their customers.

Ann Bruner, the owner of Gene's Oyster bar, said they have seen an increase in business, most likely due to them being one of the few places in the area to eat.

"We've been very busy, we've been blessed, but we've had to cut our hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and we're hoping to get to continue our regular hours back to 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. shortly," said Bruner.

The manager of Sweet Magnolia's Deli, Cathy Walters, said she agrees.

Walters said, "It has been really good. Unfortunately, a lot of businesses were lost around the Millville area and so people don't have a lot of places to go so it has helped us, unfortunately, but yet at the same time it's good."

Walters said she and the staff at Sweet Magnolia's feel blessed to still see a lot of their regular customers, even the ones who no longer live in the area.

"We see a lot of our regulars and it was good as they each kind of came in and you didn't see them right away, some of them, you know, some of them didn't know we were open yet so as they came in, there was some crying moments, you know, happy moments," said Walters.

Two businesses in the city of Millville offering locals a slice of normalcy in an area that is still trying to regain it after Hurricane Michael.