Community raises funds after fire destroys diner


MAUD, Texas – A Bowie County community rallies behind Redwater Diner employees who are out of work.

Stephanie Brookes worked as a waitress at the diner for three years. She says, “When you lose your job what do you do. I’m very thankful that he’s doing it for us.”

Employees devastated after a fire destroyed the popular eating spot  last Friday.

Brookes adds,”We were a family, so it’s almost like we lost everybody, but I don’t know it’s just hard.”

(Dominique Dillon, reporting)

Since the fire, the owner of Delaughter’s Grocery and Restaurant has hired three of the diner’s employees.

Brookes says, “I messaged him and told him I’d do whatever he needed me to do and he messaged me back within minutes and told me that I could come in two to nine and he’s given me an actual permanent job. So I’m very very thankful for that.”

10 percent of Tuesday’s restaurant proceeds at Delaughter’s will be divided among the 15 employees.
The store is also selling baked goods. 

Restaurant Owner, Kyler Delaughter says,”These people um again they lost their jobs. What are they gonna do. Um they’ve got bills to pay and their families got to eat and so we just want to help them during this transition”

Displaced workers unsure how they will support their families.

Brookes adds,”Some of them don’t have vehicles. Our boss went and picked them up and brought them to work or they lived right down the road, so they could just walk or they knew somebody that worked at the diner that could take them back and forth, so it’s definitely going to be hard for them to find something else.”

Donations have already started pouring in.

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