Lone Rock has its hub back once the Four Seasons Tea House opened its new doors almost a year to the day its original structure burned to the ground.
Around 12 years ago, Bernice and Randy Parkyn transformed a 100-year old house into the restaurant. The fire destroyed it last April.
When it first opened more than a decade ago, Bernice said she was expecting it to be a five-year haul, but she fell in love with the job and the people.
She said the restaurant was more like a family kitchen than anything else.
“They’d come in for supper and ... they’d all be talking like family,” she said. “It wasn’t like a restaurant in town where you don’t know anybody else at the next table, everybody socialized here.”
By August, the walls were up and Bernice and Randy have been working through health and building inspectors, plumbers and electricians ever since.
But it’s not fair to say the couple did it alone, as the community came around the small business owners to help.
Between fundraisers and physically working on the new restaurant, Bernice said the community has been very supportive.
“Everybody was very generous,” she said, adding with their insurance claim not being close to cover the costs of rebuilding, the community has been very helpful.
“Like even with time, people helped build, like a lot of the community came.