facebook Share on Facebook {mosimage}One of Johnston County's favorite restaurants is starting to rebuild after a terrible accident last fall. September 21, 2007, a small plane crashed into McCall's, shortly before the eatery was scheduled to open for the lunch rush. The South Carolina pilot, Garry Reid, lost his life after losing control of the aircraft. Worth Westbrook, Randy McCall and Jim Grady, all co-owners, plan to have the restaurant reopened in the summer.

Many employees from the Clayton location have been working out of the original Goldsboro restaurant. Insurance is covering the costs of rebuilding; including about $1.4 million for a year's worth of salaries for the 75 employees and lost revenue while the restaurant is closed. The electrical wiring in the kitchen needs to be redone. Some ceiling rivets popped out in the kitchen, apparently from the force of the explosion, McCall said last week. "The damage is worse than we thought when we originally looked," he said. General manager Terry Tyner states the restaurant is pretty well gutted.

{mosimage}Walls and ceilings are still covered in soot from the crash. Almost everything inside will be replaced. However, most of the structure can be salvaged. The entire roof will have to be replaced due to extensive damage, and its reconstruction should begin shortly. If you're having cravings for their famous buffet and down-home country cooking, patrons should be able to dine in June or July.