published Friday, November 9th, 2012

Waitress re-opens Red Bank staple restaurant

Southern Restaurant
Southern Restaurant
Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

RED BANK —- The economy has been hard on small businesses in recent years. Just last month, the owner of Red Bank staple Southern Restaurant was forced to close the doors after more than four decades. But one determined waitress is out to prove hometown businesses can and should survive.

Exactly one month since Southern Restaurant closed, one of its 26-year-long waitresses is taking it on herself and plans to re-open Saturday. She says it just means too much to the Red Bank community to disappear.

"Oh my heart is with it. I love it," new Southern Restaurant owner Kim Hankins says.

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