Family-owned Flagler County business continues serving community amid flooding
Bull Creek Fish Camp offers 'creekside service'
BUNNELL, Fla. – A family-owned Flagler County business is making the most of unfortunate conditions after Hurricane Irma and other recent storms put a damper on their normal operating hours.
Chris Zwirn, the owner of Bull Creek Fish Camp, said the restaurant has only offered full services two days out of the last month because of severe flooding from the St. Johns River.
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The bathrooms are not working, which prevents Zwirn from opening the restaurant’s doors for a normal day of operations, but that isn’t stopping him or his ten employees from serving their community.
Zwirn said his employees have been thrilled to throw on their rain boots and run food out to customers in their vehicles for a few hours a day while offering what they’re calling “creekside service.”
When doors don’t open, bills don’t get paid. And since the restaurant’s doors have been closed, Zwirn said one of his employees came up with the idea to offer the curbside service to not only bring in the money needed, but also carry out the orders customers have wanted the last month.
The restaurant remains closed to the public on the inside, but customers are invited from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. to call ahead and order items from a limited-service menu Zwirn posts on Facebook each morning.
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When the food is ready, customers can pull up and wait for their curbside delivery, but Zwirn said some have even parked their vehicles, grabbed their own rain gear and headed out back behind the restaurant to enjoy their food.
He said his employees have enjoyed trekking through the puddles to greet customers, as it’s helping them to have fun and maintain the best attitude possible as they weather the floods.
But it’s not just the employees enjoying the temporary added service. Zwirn said customers have been very receptive to it.
“They’re kind of praising us for taking lemons and making lemonade,” Zwirn said.
One customer even called News 6 to let us know how great the service has been while the owner and employees work to continue to make ends meet and serve their community.
Zwirn, who has worked in the restaurant business for several years and opened his own just three years ago, said he has seen a lot of community support in difficult times, but never like he’s seen the last week.
“I’ve been in restaurants 25, 30 years and I’ve never seen an outpouring from a community like I am out there,” Zwirn, who was overwhelmed while talking about it, told News 6. “We love our customers, we love our guests and I couldn’t ask for a better community to be a part of.”
He said he doesn’t know how he could express his gratitude to the community and employees for sticking together during the difficult time.
Zwirn said the water level Sunday was already lower than Saturday, but he expects it will still be a few days before the restaurant can offer full services again. He said, at the earliest, doors will reopen by the middle or end of the week.
As for the “creekside service,” he said he knows it isn’t sustainable by itself long-term, but because of how the community has responded, he may consider introducing it as a permanent service in the future.
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