- By Kevin D. Thompson Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
After Hurricane Irma hit Palm Beach County in September, Jon Smith Subs on Congress Avenue had a big order to fill.
“There was a giant billboard on the property in one corner and it just fell on top of our building and wiped out the roof,” said owner Jon Smith, 67. “I thought we missed the bullet but I guess we didn’t.”
Smith said he paid about $160,000 in repairs and was closed for 17 days. “We lost about $150,000, maybe a little less,” he said. “Some of the work was covered by insurance, but we haven’t received that yet. Hopefully we’ll resolve that soon.”
He owns eight sub shops in the county in Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Royal Palm Beach, Lake Park and Boca Raton.
The suburbanLake Worth store has been in business for 29 years, Smith said.
“The city of Lake Worth was extremely helpful to us,” he said. “They understood the damage and were very helpful so we could get back open. The site looks great.”