PORT ARANSAS - During the days and weeks following Hurricane Harvey, thousands of people were left without food, water, power, or even a place to call home.
Billy Joe Wilson said while he isn't an expert at demolition or construction, there is one thing he's particularly good at.
"I knew how to cook, and I knew that people needed a hot meal and a break from the damage. That's what I knew how to do and how to help," Wilson said.
Wilson's former restaurant was one of only a handful of places with an operational kitchen during those difficult days.
He and his staff served more than 30,000 hot plates over a three week span.
"That's what we wanted to bring to Port A after all this. We can get torn down, but we're going to build up better with a bigger sense of pride and be Port A strong," Wilson said.
Wilson has built a bigger sense of pride, as well as a bigger kitchen.
His latest business venture, Billy Joe's Craft House was inspired by the resilience of Port Aransas residents during the storm.
The new restaurant opens its doors Monday, December 4th at 5 p.m.
Address: 2217 State Highway 361, Port Aransas, TX 78373
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