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2nd Avenue businesses begin to reopen after Christmas bombing

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Posted at 9:18 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 06:40:35-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — It's been nearly a month and many businesses on 2nd Avenue are still picking up the pieces after the Christmas morning bombing. But this week, one business got a chance to open its doors again.

The Stillery is one of a few businesses that was able to reopen after the Christmas Day bombing. Mollie Tobin, the assistant general manager says she didn't even know if she had a job to return to.

"It’s been hard to think you’re going to go back to work in a couple of days and then not get to," said Tobin.

The Stillery was hit with some damages, like a broken window and some duct work damage but staff says nothing compared to some others.

Thursday was the first day The Stillery opened since the bombing.

"It’s really awesome that we get to come back again and again and again and still be here so it’s miraculous really," said Tobin, "It’s awesome to see everybody come in and just sit here and eat; it’s really nice to have a little bit of normalcy back in our lives."

It's a sigh of relief for those in the hospitality industry who have been challenged so much in the past year but it's also a sign of hope.

"I’m not sure how long it will take but I’m sure 2nd Avenue will live again."

The Stillery staff says they wouldn't have been able to make it without the help from donations and charities.