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Carla Dent, owner of Pasti's Restaurant & Bar in Roswell (click for larger version)
January 30, 2014
ROSWELL, Ga. — Carla Dent, owner of Pasti's Restaurant & Bar on Canton Street in Roswell didn't even know how bad Tuesday, Jan. 28, had evolved until she received a phone call in the restaurant about 7 p.m.

The caller asked her simply if she could just run in and use the restroom.

When Carla agreed, she decided that she needed to see what was going on "out there."

She turned on the TV's, turned on all of the lights and realized that there were people in distress all around her on Canton Street, Magnolia St. and Alpharetta Highway.

She made sure her staff could leave if they needed to go home to their own loved ones and kept the lights on and the doors open for those seeking refuge.

She ended up pushing booths together and using tablecloths for about 15 people to sleep throughout the restaurant.

She fixed dinner and then breakfast with a teamwork approach.

Everyone was so nice and doing what they could so everyone could be safe.

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    Carla & Pastis
    January 30, 2014 | 08:35 PM

    What a grand gesture but not surprised. Our 'village' (figuratively & literally) has come thru again and again and again. Hope I'm forgiven for feeling such pride in our friend and community!

    Robin Ives Moncrief
    Roswell
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    Carla & Pastis
    January 30, 2014 | 08:35 PM

    What a grand gesture but not surprised. Our 'village' (figuratively & literally) has come thru again and again and again. Hope I'm forgiven for feeling such pride in our friend and community!

    Robin Ives Moncrief
    Roswell
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    Carla - Pastis
    February 02, 2014 | 09:13 AM

    Carla - I was one of your refugees and your kindness and hospitality was fantastic. I arrived at 8:00pm and left at 11:00am and Carla made sure I ate, drank and had a place to lay my head. She went above and beyond!

    Craig Hartman
    Marietta
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    Carla -Pastis
    February 02, 2014 | 02:29 PM

    I'm not a bit surprised. We love your restaurant, and always bring our friends. You are so giving to all the communities needs and organizations. Iy is noticed by many. Thanks Carla for your generosity.

    Margo Mize
    Roswell
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