COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A fire destroyed the historic Bulloch House Restaurant in Warm Springs just over a week ago.
"It was a great place to work," explained Bulloch House employee, Robert Grant.
The destruction has left dozens of people out of a job.
"I thought it was a joke in all honesty. We actually had to come up here and see it and I just burst out crying," said Bulloch House employee, Jennifer Clay.
Loaves and Fishes Ministry, the First Baptist Church and nearly 300 people from the community came together Friday and hosted a barbecue in support of the Bulloch House employees.
"We know each other, we care about each other, so it is really easy for us to be able to pull together to do something like this for our friends and neighbors," explained Pastor Bob Patterson of First Baptist Church.
Bulloch House owner, Peter Lampert, is overwhelmed and grateful for all of the support.
He says his number one reason in fighting to reopen the restaurant is for his staff.
"Everybody is asking me the same question, when are you going to reopen? I really don't have an answer. We want to reopen, it is our goal," explains Lampert.
"It didn't just affect us, but the entire community and they are showing their support. Bulloch must have done so much for them over the years, bringing people in, so they are supporting us now," says Clay.
Over $6,500 was raised Friday to support the dedicated employees.
"Thank you for everything, for eating at the Bulloch House and for supporting us now," says Grant.
Donations for employees can still be made to First Baptist Church at the following address:
The First Baptist Church
P.O. Box 383
Warm Springs GA 31830
Please note on your check that the contribution is for the Bulloch House employees.