Corning restaurant perseveres through water issues

Corning restaurant perseveres through water issues

CORNING, Ark. (KAIT) - We told you a few weeks ago about a water main break in the city of Corning, which activated the National Guard due to the lack of water.

The break left many restaurants paralyzed and forcing them to temporarily close. Harold’s Bar-B-Q was one of those restaurants.

Owner Linden Massey said they couldn’t operate for a week, but the community continues to stand by their side during the hard times.

“We’ve had some of the lowest lows to some of the highest highs,” Massey said of the previous year.

Some of those lows included Harold’s having trouble getting supplies for the restaurant in the middle of COVID-19.

“We were literally working day-by-day-by-day,” Massey said.

Just as the restaurant was getting back to the swing of things, the water main break hit in mid-February.

“All my sinks were full of water because the drain line froze, so we had to shut down,” Massey said. “Two days later was when that water main broke... In the restaurant business, [if] you don’t have water you’re done.”

Despite being closed for a week, Massey says he wasn’t worried, and it wasn’t just during the freezing weather, it was also during the pandemic.

“The community came together and the next thing, we were overwhelmed,” Massey said. “Everything from bringing supplies to coming through the drive-thru, trying to give us enough business that we could survive until this was all over.”

Massey said he didn’t just feel support from Corning or Clay County but others all over the region. He says it’s a relief to be back up and running.

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