(WBIR-Knoxville) It's been one week since a pipe burst spewed an estimated 100,000 gallons of water into the basement of Tupelo Honey, and now the restaurant has delayed its expected reopening another week.
Crews have been working non-stop to get the flooding damage repaired.
"Today they're taking all of the equipment out, we can't reuse any of the equipment because it's been damaged," said Laurie Kunze, General Manager.
The owner had estimated damage would total around $100,000. Thursday that number had drastically climbed.
"About $250,000 in damage right now, probably looking at higher than that," said Kunze.
Last week, water as deep as five-feet floated on the now dry concrete floor.
"It was just normal, everyday drinking water," said Kunze. "The pipe had been abandoned. No one really knew it was down there until it decided to show us it was down there and put 100,000 gallons of water in the basement."
$40,000 in food alone was destroyed.
While crews spent the day cleaning the downstairs and prepping the upstairs, other Tupelo Honey employees volunteered at Beardsley Community Farm.
"We had some time off with our unfortunate flooding and wanted to take that time to bring out as many people as we could to give back to the community," said Jessica Hammond, Assistant General Manager.
Tupelo Honey had given monetary donations to Beardsley Community Farm, but employees had not had the chance to volunteer.
"Since we have all this downtime, we might as well be doing something for the community," said DJ Wagner, a server and trainer. "We actually had a tour of Beardsley, which I've never been to before. I didn't realize you could come and volunteer , which is really awesome. I think I'll be back."
Employees picked berries, pulled weeds, swept debris, and mowed at the farm, located at Malcom Martin Park.
"We're just trying to make sure they have the appropriate standards they need to grow their produce," said Hammond.
"I wish I could have been out there to help, but I'm here helping get things done at the restaurant. We are all anxious to get back to work," said Kunze.
Kunze said Tupelo Honey is set to reopen Friday, August 30th, the day before the Tennessee Vols kick off against Austin Peay State University in the 2013 season opener.