ĒThis is the heart of our town, and itís more than a building itís where everyone congregates, itís all that is here,Ē said one employee.
Walton County Fire Chief, Brian Coley, says the restaurant is a total loss, and though the fire marshal is still investigating the cause, Coley believes it may have been a cooking accident.
ďItís unfortunate for the people for this community because itís a land mark and maybe they can put it back,Ē Coley said.
This grocery store and restaurant has been a staple in this small town since the 1936. Lois is a resident and employee at Red Bay Grocery. She says itís a true community treasure, as more than 20 residents share ownership of the business.
ďThe whole town has basically invested in it and put it together on their own, I wasnít a part of that, I just work here but itís been probably one of the best jobs Iíve ever had,Ē Lois said.
She says this restaurant wasnít only her livelihood, like so many other residents here in Red Bay, this restaurant was her life.
ďItís my livelihood right now, itís my social life, itís my friends, itís what we have right now, itís what I have right now is this place,Ē Lois said.
Residents on scene say they will work together to bring Red Bay Grocery back just the way it was.