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Keeping the customers satisfied

While sitting at the long table (Ralph’s creation), a table customers immediately encounter when entering their place of business, Ralph and Mary Valdrighi recall happenings during their 30 years of owning and operating The Seabreeze Restaurant on Gwynn’s Island.

"We’ve had this table here for the past 20 years," Ralph explained with a gleam in his eye. "A lot of friendships have occurred while sitting here and eating or drinking coffee. People come in and just sit down by someone they don’t even know. Before they leave they are friends. Most every morning during the busy fishing and crabbing era it was a daily routine for the watermen to come in for coffee. They always sat at this table. We had special cups with their names written on them, so they would go over to the counter, pick up their own cup, our day would begin."

The Valdrighis, Richmond residents who had visited Mathews many times prior to 1979, decided to move to the county ...

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