Richmond County Daily Journal
Danny Hayes Jr. returned to Richmond County to care for his mother.
Now he wants to do that and a whole lot more.
On April 20 Hayes held the ribbon cutting for a new restaurant, House of Fish, in Rockingham.
He came back a year ago to care for his mother Dorothy Goldston, who was diagnosed with colon cancer. After surgery in April 2009 she is in remission and cancer free.
“I’m very proud of him,” said Goldston. Goldston works as a CNA in Richmond County but will also lend her skills to make desserts for the restaurant.
Why the “House of Fish?”
“One, is my hope to take care of my mother, and to provide fresh, affordable, quality and delicious food for everyone in a warm and cozy environment,” said Hayes. “Last, but not least, is to celebrate, uplift and give back to the community of Richmond County through work and education.”
The restaurant has five employees so far. The House of Fish is located at 801 E. Broad Ave.
“My employees are Heaven sent,” says Hayes. Bee Gibson is the first cousin of Goldston and works as a cook. The menu includes fried whiting, pound cake, waffles and chicken.
Emily Tucker, president of Richmond County Chamber of Commerce did the welcome at the ribbon cutting. Afterwords remarks were given by Richmond County Commissioner Pam Dillman Commissioner; Gene McLaurin, mayor of Rockingham and Marchell Adams-David, the chairman of Richmond County Chamber’s board of directors.
“We are very excited about the business it will bring to the area,” said Tucker.
Members of the Hayes family were in attendance including Mammie Austin, the mother of Danny Hayes Sr.; Connie Covington, a cousin, and friends from the community. After a response was given by Hayes, a prayer followed by Rev. Angelo Troy of the St. Peter United Methodist Church and Rev. Lamont J. Johnson of Providence Baptist Church.
“New investments in the community will create jobs to support and refer others and to encourage more business, this is a great networking opportunity,” said Tucker.