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Margate restaurant owner gives back to workers re-building her business

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Clean-up crews have been working day and night to recover from Hurricane Sandy, and some community members are stepping up to say thanks.

"We're going to be Steve and Cookie's and even better," Said Owner of Steve and Cookie's Restaurant, Cookie Till.

For Cookie Till, it's all about a new beginning at her well-known restaurant, which is in the process of being renovated due to damages caused by Hurricane Sandy.

"I'm positive because we are getting it cleaned up and everybody is cleaning up, digging out, and things are going to be better than ever," said Till.

But Steve and Cookie's Restaurant can't start over without the help of others.

"You come over here and you look at all of the businesses that have been destroyed and you just want to help people," said friend and volunteer, Valerie Grossman-Cross.

Till didn't want anything herself, but instead wanted to give to the men working day and night to rebuild what she lost.

"You really cant come in and swing a hammer, but if you would like to bring lunch, these guys appreciate it so much," said Till.

Cookie Till, who spends her days serving the community, is devastated that she cannot cook for the construction crews.

Not only did she loose her restaurant, but also her own home, so instead she reached out to friends in the community who jumped at the chance to lend a helping hand.

"They need a hot lunch and something that tastes good, and not just peanut butter and jelly," said Grossman-Cross. "But something a little extra today."

"It means a lot to me and to the men working. All of my guys working here, they don't have to worry about lunch. They know it's going to be here, it's always here," said Owner of the Richmond Brother's Builders, Rich Richmond.

And it has been everyday since the storm. A different friend has provided the meal each day, and they say they will continue to do so until the restaurant is up and running.

"It's really heartwarming," said Till. "I think you find out when you have something like this happen in your life, you find out who your friends are."

The restaurant is expected to re-open to the public sometime in December.

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