Tersiguel's Flood Recovery Fund
Within two hours, Michel and Angie lost the entire contents of their wine cellar. As the water began to fill the first floor, the staff rushed the guests upstairs. They felt very lucky that none of our staff and guests were injured.
Tersiguels has been on Main Street for more than 35 years. They are a warm household name if you've lived in Howard County. They are always generous and involved in helping others and the community. They are truly one of the kindest families that my family has known.
At this point, they aren't even allowed to go enter the restaurant as it's still unsafe. It's difficult to tell the extent of the damage, but we know the restaurant has been devastated. As with most of the other businesses on Main Street, their insurance does not provide coverage for flood damage. So they are left with no alternative but to try and rebuild on their own.
** Today Angie and Michel went to Centennial to look for Michel's truck where he had to evacuate and leave it ... it is completely destroyed. The water flooded every area of the mechanics of the car and it's considered totaled. **
They have been overwhelmed with the outpour of support from the local community. This is truly a beautiful place to live. I'm setting up this page in hopes that the community will come together to provide much needed help to this most deserving family. I know if it was Angie on the other side, she would be doing everything that she could to help in any way that she can. Tersiguels has been a mainstay in Old Ellicott City and hopefully, with your support, Angie and Michel will be able to rebuild their family business and continue to host you and your's.
"There are A LOT, and we mean A LOT of people working to put Tersiguel's back together again. Everyday, these peeps show up and build us up.
Russ Sterner and the team at Master Care Flooring breathed new life into our original hardwood floors, and stair case. They helped us restore the second and third floors to new hardwoods, and it's just what our old building needed. A little TLC, and well deserved.
We are coming down to the wire on this rebuild, and we still don't have an official update. We have some red tape hurdles to get thru towards the end of the week next week. One thing we can say, every company that has help restore Tersiguel's has been another small business. These men, in many ways, have given us the shirts of their back. Their blood, sweat and tears have marked our building as much as our own.
We are just one small business in this community digging deep to return to doing what we do best Knowing these men have our backs has been a game changer. "
I went to Tersiguel's with my parents on July 30. It was my 46th birthday. I grew up in Howard County and first went to Chez Fernand as a seventh grader taking French classes in 1981 or 1982. We had just finished a wonderful dinner and were talking about ordering a chocolate souffle when we noticed one of the first cars floating away. Eventually the staff got us to the second floor. They brought me a cup of coffee upstairs. Everyone was very calm. Having grown up in a Howard County farmhouse, I had total faith that this beautiful building would keep us safe, and it did. Our waiter even helped me out to the parking lot when the floodwaters went down, so I wouldn't slip in the mud (even though , as it turned out, the car wasn't going to be driven anywhere). I can't thank Tersiguel's enough, and I will be back for my birthday chocolate souffle as soon as it is possible to do so. God bless.
There is a wonderful article about the Tersiguel's in today's Baltimore Sun in which Michel says that they suffered $200,000 worth of damage and no flood insurance to cover the losses: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/dan-rodricks-blog/bs-md-rodricks-0807-20160806-column.html
I see the hours are not able to host school groups - when will day hours be possible?
That is great and wonderful news!
Holding off on our wedding anniversary dinner so we can have it at Tersiguels. We can't wait.
How much longer will this page remain active? Can donations continue to be made?
Heidi, I am not finding Tersiguel's lovely web site and I am sure I have seen it since the flood. You may want to leave it up to help with fundraising if at all possible--I wanted to show some French teachers how this family has hosted school groups for decades. God bless.
I'm not sure how to inbox but I have at least 4 and possibly six or more for the 8/22 event. Who do I reach out for tickets to? Will there be a silent auction? I may have a few things I can donate to the auction as well.
Glad to be of help. Blessings to you and to yours. Everyone in EC is in our prayers
Thank you, Heidi, for setting this up. I just emailed them earlier today with the same idea. Bless you for being such a good friend to them! To Michel, Angie, Fernand, Odette, L1 and L2, and all the staff at Tersiguel's: Hang in there! You're not in this alone! We love you and will help you in whatever we can to rebuild and restore your lives.