Despite the negative light brought to Greenville by Trump’s visit to East Carolina University, The Scullery brought some positive light to the town by donating an entire days income to the American Immigration Council.
Jacob Adkins Scully, front of house manager, said that The Scullery is a hangout spot for people to grab a cup of coffee. He said that The Scullery is a positive environment and “that’s like our mission to make people happy.”
Adkins said popular menu items are coffee, the breakfast bowl, hungry pirate, and burrito for breakfast items. BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato) and sandwiches such as the Bird is the Word are popular lunch items. The restaurants busiest times are 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., according to Adkins.
Adkins said The Scullery had talked a lot about the situation at the southern border and the owner, Matt Scully decided to donate to the American Immigration Council on July 17, the day of the Trump rally because people would be more compelled to donate.
“I don’t think particularly we took a stance against Trump’s actions, we just took a stand on what we felt was like a human rights issue and it just happened to be on that day but it’s not really so much about denouncing Trump or about him as a president. It’s just about something that we felt is wrong and people are being treated incorrectly, that’s more what we were focused on,” Adkins said.
Adkins said the restaurant is usually “pretty busy” and there is a big breakfast and lunch rush. He said a lot of business people come to the restaurant from local businesses from the courthouse on their break and there are a lot of regulars that come to the restaurant. Adkins said The Scullery is “casual food but quality food.”
The Scullery has received fan mail from all over the country in support of their donation to the American Immigration Council.
“We have got people that have called us literally crying from literally the other side of the country like California, we’ve got calls from Pennsylvania. Just like these far away states that caught on and read the story and they call us almost in tears. We’ve had people like crying on the phone like thank you so much for doing this,” Adkins said.
Alessandra Lazarek, The Scullery employee, said the restaurant was busy from 11 a.m. until three minutes after the restaurant closed at 5 p.m. after a newscast had interviewed the owner Matt Scully about the sign he had posted about the proceeds being donated to the American Immigration Council.
Lazarek said the Scullery brings in people of all ages, races, ethnicity and religion and from all around the country.
“ECU brings lots of people and The Scullery is a really popular place for ECU students. I think that vibe of community you find here is really exciting,” Lazarek said.
Lazarek said The Scullery donates to multiple local charities but to her knowledge has never made a donation of this magnitude. Lazarek said people came from all over and some people came from two hours away.
“We had people who were just so thrilled. We had people making donations on top of their bill, so it was just really exciting,” Lazarek said.
Sarah Winnick, a social work graduate student at ECU, said she has ate at The Scullery a few times usually around breakfast time. She said she likes their biscuits and gravy, homefries, and eggs for breakfast.
Winnick said she thought the donation was great because it went towards an organization that helps immigrants go through the process of becoming legalized, which is a difficult process.
Winnick said a lot of people have made assumptions that The Scullery was aiding in illegal activity by donating money to this organization but they were helping an organization that needs attention and extra resources. She praised The Scullery for raising awareness for this cause.
“I personally have been trying to educate people and remind people that they are donating to a perfectly legal organization in the United States,” Winnick said.
Winnick said she has heard a lot of negative feedback about The Scullery’s donation but she thinks it’s due to a misunderstanding that The Scullery was protesting.
Winnick said The Scullery took a stance that many other businesses and organizations in Greenville may have been afraid to take because they do not want to be involved in political statements. She said she didn’t believe this was The Scullery protesting but making an important statement.