Summerville eatery's customers miss long-time cook injured in accident

By Ava Wilhite

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) It's a message the staff at Oscar's Restaurant wants all of Summerville to see.

"Our guests come in and they first thing they say is, 'You heard from Julius? How's he doing? How's Lois doing?' Because like I said, it's family," said restaurant manager Jennifer Carter. {}

Julius Campbell is the head cook at the popular Summerville eatery. He and his wife Lois Campbell, were in a car accident July 1.

Police say bank robbers involved in a high speed chase struck the Campbells' car.

"The vehicle that struck him was on the left-hand side and he was driving. I believe he has damage to his collar bone, broken ribs, a punctured lung and some issues with his tail bone," said Carter. {}

Carter just visited Campbell in the hospital and said he's still in the Intensive Care Unit at Medical University Hospital. She said things at the restaurant just haven't been the same without him.

"He's been for over 20 years and he's just a great guy. Fantastic worker he's been basically responsible for the buffet for the longest that he's been here. People know his food," said Carter. {}

The buffet at Oscar's is still going strong, but customers have noticed a change in the options.

"His mac and cheese, his banana pudding, his baked chicken, all that stuff was excellent. We'd come here just for that food," said customer Joe Westbury.

Carter said the entire incident makes her question why bad things happen to good people.

"Regardless of that fact, we want to push on and be strong for his family. Get them the help that they need, because they don't have a lot of assistance and it's up to all of us to make up for that need," said Carter. {}

The staff at Oscar's is currently planning a large fundraiser.