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Hole in the Wall protest

A group of employees and regular customers of Hole in the Wall restaurant on Gwynn’s Island gathered in downtown Mathews last Wednesday to protest the restaurant’s sudden, unexpected closure by the Mathews County building official’s office. Mathews supervisors on May 24 revealed an engineer’s report that said the building had structural issues. The employees said they were all out of work without notice. “It’s kind of devastating,” said Chloe Burford. “It’s not a job. It’s a family.” Courtney Poole said the staff at the restaurant “work together and cry together and are one big family.” “We’re not easily messed with, and we’re not gonna take it,” she said. “We bring in a lot of revenue to Mathews. If they expect us to just walk away and work somewhere else, we’re not.” Shown at the protest are, standing from left, customers Scott Gray, Liam Moreland and Virginia Williams, and employees Hannah Smith, Poole, Kristian Burford (partially obscured), Caleb Burford, Skyller Worley, and, knee...

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