Cullman’s Busy Bee Café reopens 1 year after destruction

Published: Apr. 27, 2012 at 11:14 AM CDT|Updated: May. 4, 2012 at 11:15 AM CDT
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Customer's fill the counter at the Busy Bee Cafe's reopening.
Customer's fill the counter at the Busy Bee Cafe's reopening.
Customers wait in line for the Busy Bee Cafe to open.
Customers wait in line for the Busy Bee Cafe to open.
As the time approached 6 a.m., more and more customers lined up.
As the time approached 6 a.m., more and more customers lined up.

CULLMAN, AL (WBRC) - Hungry folks in the City of Cullman can rejoice as the city's oldest restaurant reopened on Friday.

The Busy Bee Café was destroyed on April 27th of 2011 when a tornado tore through Cullman. Now, the café is reopening a year after the destruction. It is a sign that Cullman is recovering from the extreme damage it suffered.

The Spears family has owned the café since 1967 and it was first established in 1919, making it Cullman's oldest restaurant. The café's owner, Kitty Spears, was inside the building on April 27, 2011. She suffered a broken pelvis when the tornado hit. Despite her injuries, Spears started planning the reopening of the café while lying in her hospital bed. Today, she can be seen cooking for customers behind the counter.

The last customer on April 27 of last year, Jerry Parker, was first in line for the Café's grand opening. Around 30 patrons lined up to get inside at 6 a.m.

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