40-year-old Danville restaurant opens back up after being damaged during tornado


DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- A Danville Business is back open after being closed for three days due to the storm.

Ruben's Restaurant owner said a special truck delivered fresh food and produce Thursday morning, but there's still some work to be done days after the storm.

The restaurant has been a staple of Danville for 40 years and for the first time it had to close for three days due to the storm.

Owner Brad Moore said he was shocked to see the damage Sunday's tornado caused to his Riverside Drive restaurant.

"My refrigeration units, all my air conditioning units blew off the roof," Moore said. "Water came through the roof, I've got offices up top, the sheet rock got wet and fell to the floor."

Moore is still tallying the total cost for repairs, but says they lost about $9,000 in sales from being out of business.

Norman Wright, a regular at Ruben's, said not many days go by that he doesn't stop in.

"Before I go to work I'll stop in and get a hamburger or cheeseburger," Wright said.

And it's regulars like Wright that helped motivate Moore to get the place back up and running.

"We have a very repetitive clientele here, same people in the same booth and same stool every day," Moore said. "People were riding by, coming through the parking lot asking 'what can I do? How can I help?' We had total strangers drop off cases of water."

Moore say some work still needs to be done to the offices upstairs as well as painting and insulation work before they are back to normal.

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