Gaffney grill closed after car crashes into it, 2nd time in 3 years


The owner of the Varsity Square, in Gaffney, walked our 7News crew through what was left of his restaurant after a car crashed into it on Saturday. 

Mickey Wright is still in disbelief that a car crashed into his restaurant not once but twice since he opened the Varsity Square Wings and Grill in 2014. 

How upsetting is this? Asked 7News reporter Stefany Bornman

Not as bad as the first time, Wright said. 

The small business owner says the first crash was in 2016. 

I was standing right there cooking, my back to the front of the store. All of a sudden I hear a big bang and people screaming and I look and there’s a car sitting in the dining room, he said.

That time Wright says the damage was minimal and he was able to reopen the next day. Still, after the incident he had concrete steel beams installed. 

I honestly thought this was the answer, Wright said. 

The beams didn’t hold up in the second crash. 

The guy had to be going at least 100 miles an hour at that high rate of speed that’s not going to stop them, he said. 

According to Highway Patrol on Saturday around 2:30 a.m. a Dodge sedan and Chevrolet SUV were headed northbound on Hyatt St. when they collided. The crash sent the Dodge into the Varsity Square.

Highway Patrol says the driver Dodge ran from the scene.

The driver of the SUV was injured and taken to Cherokee Medical Center.

After crews were able to pull the car out of the building Wright finally got a good look at the damage. 

The biggest part is going to be the cleanup, obviously. He told 7News

Wright says he worries staying closed too long will affect the livelihood of his employees. 

I can survive, I’m more worried about my employees. Even though most of the majority of them are high school kids, in the evening, they all need the money. That’s why they work, Wright said. 

Wright tells 7News the insurance company will be assessing the building on Monday. At that point, he will know how soon they will reopen. 

He is working on setting up a fundraiser to help compensate employees while they are out of a job. Count on 7News to let you know when a time and date have been set. 

Highway Patrol is still looking for the driver of the car. 

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