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Honeybees restaurant plans holiday meals

Cooler weather may have many area residents turning their thoughts to the fun and excitement of the upcoming holiday season. But, for one local resident, her thoughts are on feeding folks during the upcoming season.

Lisa McMillan, owner and operator of Drexel and Honeybees donations-only restaurant, it already making plans to make sure those who are looking for a meal, especially during the holidays, find one.

“God has blessed us,” McMillan said. “And we will be working to feed folks who are looking for a meal.”

McMillan’s restaurant, located in the downtown district of Brewton, took a little hit from Hurricane Sally, but has since recovered.

“We lost three refrigerators because we were flooded,” McMillan said. “When I came around the corner and saw how much water was in our building, it just hurt. But, we were blessed and have had donations to cover most of what we lost and we are just happy to be open and going again.”

McMillan was also blessed with a donation from local State Farm Agent Spike Maxwell.

“The donation helped us to replace the food that we lost when the refrigerators died,” McMillan said. “We are so fortunate to have that kind of support.”

McMillan said she and the volunteers who are regulars at the restaurant are gearing up to make sure the upcoming holidays provide a good meal for those in the community.

“We will be serving up a Veteran’s Day lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 11,” McMillan said. “We are inviting everyone to celebrate with us and come down to the restaurant to enjoy a meal with our veterans and enjoy some fellowship with them.”

As McMillan and her crew look ahead, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are already being planned.

“We will be open on Thanksgiving Day for lunch and on Christmas Day for lunch,” McMillan said. “We will serve from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on all of our special days.

“We are so thankful this year to be getting through 2020 in one piece,” McMillan said. “We are blessed. We will celebrate Thanksgiving with thankfulness and look forward to celebrating Jesus’ birth at Christmas. We are glad to be making it through this pandemic and we will celebrate.”

McMillan said the Veteran’s Day meal will consist of brisket and seafood as well as side dishes and dessert. For the Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, the menu will consist of traditional fare as well as other items enjoyed at the restaurant.

“This is a donations-only restaurant and that is true even with these special meals,” McMillan said. “We welcome anyone in to join us in celebration and fellowship.”

The restaurant is located at 109 Lee Street and is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on serving days. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed.