The restaurant owner is known for involvement with the community.
Greg Evans, who has owned Alfie’s Restaurant and Lounge since 1986, said running a restaurant is not easy. In the early years, he decided to get involved in the community instead of worrying about making money.
“And then I made money because of it,” he said at a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting on Aug. 18.
Rick Fraser, executive director of the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce, said it felt funny to have a ribbon cutting for someone who has member for 28 years, but the chamber wanted to recognize his 30th year in business, as well as the renovations that Greg and his wife, Dina, have done over the past year at the restaurant.
“He’s been a dedicated member of the community and chamber for a long time,” Fraser said.
On hand for the ribbon cutting was Mary Yochum, treasurer and past president of the Ormond-By-The-Sea Lions Club.
“Greg does more for the community than anyone I know,” she said.
She mentioned fundraisers, where he donates proceeds to charities, Christmas parties and his work with the Lions Club, local AARP, Knights of Columbus and other organizations.
Evans has been in the restaurant business since he was a teenager, moving down with his parents who opened an Alfie’s Restaurant in Flagler Beach in 1981. In 1986 when he was 24, they relocated to Ormond-by-the-Sea and he has run that restaurant since.
In 1988, a local resident came to work at the restaurant, named Dina, and in 1992 Greg and Dina were married. They now have three children and one grandchild.
The Evanses closed for 10 days last Christmas to remodel the restaurant, and the floors, walls and ceiling were all redone. Dina Evans continues to add remodeling touches when she gets an idea.
Looking out the front windows of the restaurant, diners have a view of the ocean and Al Weeks Sr. North Shore Park which opened in 2010.
“That park has been nothing but good for us,” Dina Evans said. People who park there often stop to eat.
The Evanses were instrumental in getting it named for Al Weeks, a realtor who was active in the community and died in 2011. Along with others, they appeared at County Council meetings to ask for the name to honor Weeks.
Weeks, who was known for supporting the community, was known at the “unofficial mayor of Ormond-by-the-Sea.”
“He was a champion for us,” Dina Evans said.
Greg Evans said he believes businesses were slow to develop along State Road A1A because of a lack of a sewer system. But now that a sewer line has been installed, more business may come.
Pitch your business
Volusia/Flagler SCORE Chapter 87 and Bethune-Cookman University are seeking emerging or existing businesses or students that want to give their business idea exposure to the business community and win cash and valuable prizes. Those interested in taking part in PitchFest should submit applications by midnight Aug. 31 at score87.org.
PitchFest will be held at the BizFest Expo for Entrepreneurs on Sept. 15 at Bethune-Cookman Performing Arts Center, 698 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
“Applicants will be asked to describe their business, tell us about the product or service they offer, what customer problem that their business is seeking to solve and more,” said Tom Hellman, SCORE president.
This competition will give six selected finalists, two emerging businesses, two existing businesses, and two student businesses the opportunity to present their business idea to a panel of distinguished judges and the business community. Cash prizes will be awarded.
To get more information, RSVP or invest in a sponsorship, call 877-899-5221 or visit score87.org.
Security First honored
Security First Insurance Company was selected for a second time as one of the Best Midsize Companies to Work for in Florida by Florida Trend. Each year, Florida Trend honors 100 Florida companies that exhibit workplace excellence. The competition assesses benefit programs, policies, practices, leadership, corporate culture, communications, work environment, and employee satisfaction.
Chanfrau joins Halifax
Priscilla Chanfrau has joined Halifax Health as the fund development manager for Halifax Health – Hospice and will be responsible for capital fundraising campaigns. A graduate of Florida State University, Chanfrau most recently served as the director of the Council on Aging’s Living Gifts Foundation.
Hospital noted for tech jobs
Halifax Health has been named one of the best places to work for information technology professionals in midsize companies for the second consecutive year by Computerworld magazine, based on benefits, training, satisfaction, etc.
Florida Hospital recognized
The Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties have each received a Get With the Guidelines performance achievement award from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The award levels are based on quality measures, designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines for care.
Preferred Management expands
Preferred Management Services Inc. is proud to announce the company has added two new associations to its management portfolio. PMSI now manages Prestwick Townhomes II at Plantation Bay, a townhouse community in Ormond Beach, and Bella Harbor Condominiums, a luxury condominium community in Palm Coast.
Root Company gets tenant
The Root Company has announced the completion of a new lease. Jenkins & Young, specializing in estate planning, trusts, probate, real estate and title insurance, has leased a 1,650-square-foot suite at Root Executive Park, an office complex at 265 Clyde Morris Boulevard. Linda Hall, broker associate with Tri-Square Realty Inc., Root’s in-house real estate brokerage firm, represented Root Company in the transaction.
Tanger jobs available
With the Tanger Outlets opening by Black Friday of this year, dozens of jobs need to be filled, according to a press release. The date, time and place has been announced for a job fair. It will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 28 at the Ocean Center, Daytona Beach. Visit daytonabeachoutletmall.com/tanger-job-fair-date-time-place-announced.