VC Summer Layoffs Put Food Truck in Peril

The owner of a popular food truck in the VC Summer area says.. he's not sure what he's going to do..

Jenkinsville, SC (WLTX) - The owner of a popular food truck in the VC Summer area says he is not sure what is going to do after the decision to stop work at the nuclear facility wiped away most of his customers.

Frank Kelly, owner of the Steelhorse Smokehouse in Jenkinsville, opens up shop at 4:30 AM. It has been open by the VC Summer Nuclear plant for five years, and Kelly attributes hard work to its success.

"Oh yes, it's the only way you're going to get anywhere," Kelly said.
Kelly says usually able to sell hundreds of plates daily.
"On a good day 300, 350," Kelly said.
It was going so well, Kelly bought a plot of land to turn his truck into a restaurant.
"Just to support the workers and people in the area," Kelly said.
On Monday, it was announced that the plant would be shutting down.
"The day of the layoff, SCE&G put my light pole up so I could brighten up the parking lot for breakfast in the morning because it's so dark out here," Kelly said, "and everything was coming together nicely and then just a big kick in the stomach there all at once."
The day after the layoff, Kelly only saw 25 people. He now works his labor of love alone.
"It's just me here now, yea" Kelly said. "We had two employees, two very good employees, and of course they're gone."
Kelly says he doesn't know what he's going to do, but his flame hasn't gone out yet.
"I bought it with wheels for a reason, so we'll have to kind of change if we want to survive," Kelly said. "Just like everybody else, we've got to move along and find what we can to make a living."
Kelly says he plans to wait until the dust settles before deciding to pack it up for good.

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