Mary Chuy re-opens for first time since flood

GIBBON, Neb. (KSNB) - A favorite restaurant in Gibbon is now open for business again after the flood forced them to close their doors.

Mary Chuy had their grand re-opening Sunday evening with a special dinner to thank the community for helping them get back on their feet. It was the first time anyone had eaten in the restaurant since the flood.

"It was just kind of a scary moment," said Yesenia Arias, who's parents own Mary Chuy. "I got in a text, "we're flooding over here." My parents we're over here making tortillas. A normal day. And then the water started coming in."

People lined up for the celebratory meal, which included carnitas, rice, beans and tortillas hot off the press.

Arais said they're estimating damages to be more than $30,000. They had almost 2 feet of water after the flood, and lost many of their appliances, including the stove, fridge and fryer.

But the community rallied around them, and raised almost half the money they needed to get up and running again.

"Really heartbroken for their family," said Terry Yendra, a regular customer at Mary Chuy. "What a hardship for them to overcome. It just softened my heart to see the warm welcome from Gibbon to help get them back on their feet."

Yendra helped with electrical issues and equipment repairs. He said he goes to the restaurant several times a week, because he loves the food and the people there.

"I know they'll be open again Tuesday, and I hope to be here Tuesday evening. Or maybe Tuesday for lunch," Yendra said.

There's still some work to be done on the outside of the building. Arias said they're looking to buy some new signage. The inside is finished, and had a bit of remodeling as well.

They're now open for regular business hours, which are Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a break from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

"Muchas gracias a todos. Yo lo bendiga," said Bernardo Trevino, owner of Mary Chuy.

"And God bless everybody."