I never really realized just how much I’ve been taking restaurants for granted until COVID-19 hit and forced many of them to temporarily close. I sincerely miss being able to go out for dinner and enjoy a meal, and while a lot of restaurants and eateries have re-opened with COVID-19 protocols, I haven’t yet had an opportunity to make it one.
But, if I am ever in Alabama, I’ll be sure to visit Drexell & Honeybee’s after reading about the philanthropic owners and how they operate their business via an article from The Good News Network.
“There’s a little restaurant in a small Alabama town where there’s no cash register and no prices, just a whole lot of soul… and soul food.
“At Drexell & Honeybee’s in downtown Brewton near the Florida border, the menu changes daily, but there’s always a hearty selection of Southern dishes to enjoy: fried chicken, cornbread, and collared greens often show up at lunchtime from Tuesday to Thursday.
“What makes this place special? Unending Southern hospitality. No matter how down on their luck a person is, they never have to worry about having no money for their lunch.
“Once you’ve finished your dessert—a blueberry cobbler, perhaps?—you just leave whatever you can in a private booth near the restaurant entrance, even if that’s just a handful of coins or a little thank-you note.
“The owners, a husband and wife team—Freddie and Lisa Thomas-McMillan—make no profit from their restaurant. 100% of the donations go back into serving people food. So what do they get from all this? Joy,” explains the article.
If this isn’t a perfect example of absolutely altruistic living, I’m really not sure what is.
As for why the owners refrain from taking any profit from their efforts to run the restaurant?
“They say there’s a real joy to knowing that their customers leave ‘with a full stomach, a full heart, and the understanding that you are loved and worthy of love.'”