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Nonprofit restaurant to close
A small nonprofit restaurant that opened its doors to help the hard-to-employ find a path to a new life will close its doors this week.

GRITS, 3300 Norwich St., is operated by FaithWorks Ministry and has found itself in a bad financial position, says general manager Jimmy Crum.

"We'll have to close our doors Wednesday," Crum said. "I just don't really see a way around it."

The restaurant opened in June but has operated financially month to month, he said.

"We've just been in debt and we have to pay off our debt just to keep the building," Crum added. "We'd then need donations and help."

GRITS, which stands for Grace, Redemption, Inspiration, Thankfulness and Sacredness, serves breakfast and lunches of hardy meals like burgers and fried chicken daily.

In its months of service, the restaurant gained a following of loyal customers not only for its food, but also for the message it delivers.

The food is served by people who have a hard time finding work, usually those who have been released from jail. The hope is that the job will keep workers positive and on the road to a brighter future.

When it first opened, the restaurant employed around 18 people. It now has only 10.

"Being a nonprofit, with our employee labor cost higher than our sales, it just snowballed," Crum said. "We had no financial backing."

Relying on foot traffic and mouths to feed wasn't enough, he added.

"I guess we just didn't market us enough," Crum said.

Help out

Contributions to help keep GRITS open can be made to FaithWorks, P.O. Box 2902, Brunswick, GA 31521 and should be designated as being for GRITS.

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