Coach, family to bring seafood to the North Augusta

  • Thursday, August 8, 2013

photo by Heather Wright From left, Brandon Young, Tonya Young, Jackie Young and Al Young showcase the sign outside of their restaurant.

North Augusta High School boy’s basketball Coach Al Young has given his time and effort feeding North Augusta’s hunger for sports. Now, with the help of his family, he hopes to feed their stomachs as well.

Young and his family are opening a new seafood restaurant at 514 Belvedere-Clearwater Road, and they want the community to know they plan to have a family atmosphere at Young’s Seafood.

“The main reason for this restaurant is my wife,” Coach Young said. “This has kind of been a dream of hers, and the opportunity was good. She just retired and this building became available.”

Young wanted to be able to do this for the community, as well, but his wife was a major priority for him and the rest of the family.

“We thought this was a chance for her to fulfill her dreams,” Young said. “This is a great location, and the time may be right.”

The idea for the restaurant originated years ago, according to Jackie Young.

“I grew up in business,” she explained. “My mother ran a business for 21 years, and I always liked being hospitable and being around people.”

Their own family gave her practice for the large-scale cooking that will go along with owning a restaurant.

“A lot of people would say that’s a lot of work; that’s hard work,” Jackie said. “I had to cook for five men, so it isn’t anything new to me.”

Coach Young’s daughter-in-law, Tonya Young, said she has learned from her mother-in-law.

“I get tips from her every once in a while because I’m not a cooker,” Tonya said. “I experiment and run things past her.”

Jackie said she expressed her ideas to her daughter-in-law, and she was very responsive.

“The first thing I told her was I really wanted to have a restaurant,” said Jackie. “I think she convinced my son to come around.”

According to Tonya, it was evident that Jackie was very dedicated to the idea of having a restaurant, and seeing this dedication made it easy for her to support her mother-in-law’s dream.

“She was very passionate about it, and I saw her heart was in it,” Tonya said. “I can see her vision. To make it a family thing is a good thing, too.”

Young’s Seafood will be very family friendly, and the staff itself will be very Young-family heavy.

“We wanted it to be a family deal,” Jackie said. “My sons will be in and out because they have jobs, but I will always be managing the kitchen.”

Al said that he will dedicate time to the restaurant, as well, but it will not come between he and his job.

“I’m going to coach and I’ll come and help out when I can,” he said. “We’ve been doing this for 40 years, and she understands that. I won’t let this interfere with my job.”

Both Al and his wife can look back at times when their own home has been filled with people for their fish fries and other cooking, and this is why they are confident in their food.

“We always had people around, and everyone has always commented on her meals and said how good they were,” Al said. “I always thought in the back of my head how good it would be if we could somehow start a restaurant. I love coaching, and I’m sure I’ll continue to do that, but this has always been a big dream for my wife. I’m glad that we’ve had this chance to make this happen for her and the family.”

The family is happy that they can bring something new to the area that they have grown to love, Al said.

“We have been in North Augusta for 17 years, and our kids have played in this area,” the coach said. “We love it here.”

His wife has similar feelings about what this restaurant can do for the community and hopes that they will offer what the people need.

“We hope this is something they are looking forward to as well,” she said. “They can tell us if we’re doing a good job or not.”

Al has high hopes for the restaurant, planned to open within a month, and wants the community to know that they want to do the best job they can to serve the people.

“We believe that we will definitely have good food and definitely have a family atmosphere,” Al said. “You will have a good feeling about where you are. We’re here to serve good food and give good service.”

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