Money continued to trickle in this past week for a popular restaurant in Fuquay-Varina, but not enough to let it reopen immediately.
Tim Staton, son of Joyce and Family Restaurant founder Joyce Staton, said about $4,100 has been raised for rent. But they owe $5,200, so their landlord put the building back on the market.
“We’re competing with someone else now, so we’ve got a couple of days,” to raise the rest of the money, he said.
Staton said he has heard at least one other person or business is interested in the space, which is at 129 N. Main St.
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Joyce’s, as it’s known, has been closed since early March due to financial problems. The owners faced a broken pipe and equipment along with the winter storm, which shut down the restaurant for several days. They weren’t able to recoup the business the rest of the month to stay afloat.
An online Go Fund Me account has raised most of their financial support – more than $5,100 – from friends, customers and strangers.
The Statons have said they want to reopen the Southern soul food restaurant somewhere else, even if it’s not at their longtime location.
“We’re thinking about Raleigh,” Tim Staton said. “That’s the biggest city closest to us. Raleigh would have a lot more opportunities. We probably wouldn’t stay here in a smaller building.”
Joyce Staton opened the downtown restaurant in a former Golden Corral with her husband, James Lewis Staton, in 1997.
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