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11/14/2020 5:10:00 AM
Help A Local Business Survive The Pandemic

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

I was browsing on Facebook Friday morning (Nov. 13th) when I came across the following post:

I found out today The Hub restaurant on Maiden 321 Business Hwy is going to have to close for good unless they get a miracle. They have tried so hard to make it this year. They were just starting to turn the corner when the storm last month took out their power and they lost all their food. Now the governor has forced them to reduce their customer seating numbers again. But what's so crazy is that because President Trump's wife stopped at the restaurant and had pictures taken with the staff there, some people are stating they will not return to The Hub to eat because the picture with Mrs. Trump is on display near the register. A group of people have decided to give The Hub "bad vibes" in public. I cannot tell you how many restaurants I have been in where Presidents, race car drivers, movie stars, musical stars and other people of interest have had their pictures taken with the owners or staff. I have yet to stop eating at a restaurant because of that or share bad vibes out in public. It has always been the food and the staff that has determined if I would return.

The Hub not only has the best food that I have eaten in a long time, but the staff is incredibly friendly and caring and the atmosphere is warm and inviting too.

What disturbs me is that we as a society have stooped so low that we can't publicly state our religious or political beliefs because we may offend someone. I guess we have to take all the photos off all the walls, watch what music we play, what sayings are on shirts we wear and being nice to people too. All I have to say is this restaurant and their staff do not deserve this kind of action.

They need a miracle by the 15th to stay open. People, let's give them the miracle they need.
The post was put on Facebook on the 12th.  One thing in it is wrong: they're going to be open at least one more week (through Saturday Nov. 21st) according to what my waitress told me Friday.

You see, I totally agree with the man whose post I showed above: I've said many, many times before that I don't let my politics (or religious differences, for that matter) significantly influence my choices in buying food, clothing, or other items.  

I am definitely not a fan of Donald Trump, and my political leanings are more akin to those of the people at Nike than the CEO of New Balance, who has been a contributor to Trump's campaigns.  But I like my New Balance shoes, and I have several pair.

I don't agree with the opinion about homosexuals of the man who started and is, I assume, still the top person at Chick-fil-A.  But they make a very good chicken sandwich, and I've enjoyed them since they were only available in mall locations.  

I had never eaten at The Hub until Friday.  I live in Gaston County (Alexis) and I don't get up to Maiden that often.  Since the pandemic began, I haven't eaten in restaurants much at all; because of my disability, my restaurant purchases are mostly limited to drive-thrus at fast food locations.  But when I read this post, I vowed to go have a meal at The Hub, to support a local business that like many others has been seriously hurt by this pandemic.

The folks at City Lunch managed to weather the lockdown by selling their great hot dogs, etc. through a window next to their front door.  Court Street Grille did carryout one better by delivering food curbside when you called in an order.  The fast food locations, if they applied for and got one of those PPP loans, actually prospered from the lockdown.  With other restaurants limited to delivery and carryout, their drive-thrus were packed, and if they used the money for paying employees, they didn't have to repay it, so for them, the pandemic was actually good for business.

The food at The Hub, based on my one and only experience, is good American-style restaurant food (I had an old-fashioned cheeseburger made with chili and cole slaw and an iced tea), their prices are typical, and the service was good.

I find it totally unacceptable that anyone would 'get their panties in a wad' over a photo of one of the Trumps (I didn't see it, by the way).  This is a local business that like many others is having trouble surviving this pandemic.  I hope some of those people who voted for Donald Trump will go have a meal there and help them out.  I also hope that some of my fellow Democrats will do what President-elect Biden has said he wants to do--put the division behind us and try to get along.  

The Hub is located on the left going from Lincolnton to Maiden on business 321.  I seem to remember when the location was used years ago to showcase Southern gospel groups.  They're open Tuesday-Friday 11 AM - 8 PM and Saturday 7 AM - 2 PM.  

My waitress asked me to "pray for us."  I told her I'd certainly do that, and I'd try to help out in another way if I could.  She had no idea that I write for the Lincoln Herald; I didn't mention it and didn't introduce myself.  I'll ask our readers to pray for them--and other small businesses who are struggling during this epidemic--and also go spend a little money, too.  

There are hard times ahead; we need to help each other all we can.

1 - Court Street Grill 300

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