Paralyzed chef's mom opens Raleigh gym to help him, others recover

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- 

Nearly three years after a car hit his motorcycle, sending him into a utility pole and leaving him paralyzed from the neck down, Raleigh chef Michael Thor is finally back home and getting stronger.

The co-owner of downtown Raleigh's popular Whiskey Kitchen was injured on November 20, 2015, before the restaurant was set to open.

Michael's wife and caregiver Sarah, along with his parents, uprooted their lives in Raleigh and moved to Atlanta to support him through his recovery at the Shepherd Center, one of the top spinal acute care and rehab facilities in the country.

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Back in the kitchen

 One part neighborhood bar, one part Southern kitchen and a dash of wood smoke greeted Michael Thor upon his permanent return to Raleigh last month. After spending nearly three years in Atlanta recovering from a paralyzing motorcycle accident, the Whiskey Kitchen co-owner is back in the world he helped create.  “So far, so good,” says Thor, who returned to Raleigh August 3. “It’s tiring. Friday and Saturday are both 10 hours here. I have to figure out what my body can handle and what it can’t. I hit the ground running at the beginning of the week and crash by the end.”      Click here to read the full story

One part neighborhood bar, one part Southern kitchen and a dash of wood smoke greeted Michael Thor upon his permanent return to Raleigh last month. After spending nearly three years in Atlanta recovering from a paralyzing motorcycle accident, the Whiskey Kitchen co-owner is back in the world he helped create.

“So far, so good,” says Thor, who returned to Raleigh August 3. “It’s tiring. Friday and Saturday are both 10 hours here. I have to figure out what my body can handle and what it can’t. I hit the ground running at the beginning of the week and crash by the end.”

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Restaurant holds fundraiser for paralyzed Raleigh chef

RALEIGH, North Carolina (WTVD) -- The day in November 2015 when a car hit Raleigh chef Mike Thor, throwing him from his motorcycle into a pole leaving him paralyzed, the restaurant he'd been dreaming up for years was under construction.

Now, months after its grand opening, Thor is back in Raleigh and experiencing Whiskey Kitchen for the first time just as it prepares to host a fundraiser in his honor on Sunday.
 

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Friends rally as Raleigh chef recovers from motorcycle collision

RALEIGH
Chef Michael Thor faces a long road where success will be judged by the wiggle of a toe.

Thor, 33, a partner in the Whiskey Kitchen restaurant set to open later this year off downtown’s Nash Square, suffered a severe spinal cord injury in a motorcycle wreck about 10 weeks ago. The downtown Raleigh community of chefs, restaurateurs, artists and friends are raising money to support Thor and his wife, Sarah, as he tries to recover.

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