Bigger and better

Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight said he'll reopen his restaurant around Labor Day.

Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe burned to the ground on April 30, but rebuilding has already begun at the site along the Nag's Head-Manteo causeway, Andy Curliss reports.

The new restaurant will be two stories, instead of one, and 15,000 square feet, instead of just 9,000. It will also have a sprinkler system.

Construction costs have been estimated at $1.2 million, according to a story in the Virginian Pilot.

Basnight told Dome he's optimistic that the work will be finished this summer.

"We hope to be open Sept. 1," he said.


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Re: Bigger and better

I was at the beach this weekend - they are working very quickly on that restaurant. Visible progress was made during the 5 days we were there. Folks were working on Memorial Day and at night under lights. And we did see Mr. Basnight supervising the scene on Memorial Day too.

This explains a lot

The good senator has been busy getting his family restaurant up and running, but maybe not so busy keeping up with the plight of those most vulnerable in our state? By voting to let the temporary taxes expire, the Senate is pushing NC farther into debt - while shredding critical services for those most in need.

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