ROCKINGHAM — As Hudson Brothers Deli entered its 39th year of being in business this week, there was no business.
The downtown restaurant and bar suffered water damage on all four floors of the building following the heavy rains of Hurricane Florence. The culprit: a leaky roof.
“We were going to remodel anyway because of the new college,” said Robin Roberts, manager of the establishment. “We’re just going to do it a little sooner now.”
It took nearly two weeks for dehumidifiers to withdraw moisture from the inside of the building.
“Tim Hayden (and his crew have) been working around the clock to get everything dried up,” Roberts said. “They have really done a great job.”
For the remodel, Roberts said there will be new flooring laid down on the ground and second floors and new paint on the walls. In preparation for the painting, all of the beer signs and band photos and memorabilia were removed this week.
Roberts said the goal is to be open by Oct. 8.
“We’ll be back bigger and better,” she said.
Hard rock band August Burning was originally supposed to play at Hudson Brothers on Friday but Roberts moved the venue to VFW Post 4203 in Rockingham, where hurricane relief supplies will be collected. (Note: there is also a cover charge.)
Below is a list of suggested donations:
Food — pop-top canned goods; cereal/protein bars; non-perishable foods; water; trail mix; chicken/ham salad boxed kits; peanut butter.
Household/Personal Supplies — plastic cups; disposable cutlery; trash bags (kitchen and lawn bags); storage bags; laundry detergent (small sizes or pods); dish detergent; antiseptic cleaners; bleach; multi-purpose cleaner; disposable gloves; sponges; hand sanitizer; disposable kitchen cloths; sanitizer wipes; bath soap; shampoo/conditioner; toothpaste/toothbrush; dental floss; mouthwash; deodorant; cleansing wipes; razors/shave cream; feminine products; body lotion; diapers; wipes; diaper cream; shampoo; soap; baby food/snacks; formula.
Miscellaneous — flashlights/batteries; towels/wash cloths; box fans; table fans; foam coolers;
First Aid items (bandages, gauze and tape, ibuprofen, allergy meds, ice pack, alcohol, peroxide); can openers; pet food; cat litter; bug spray.