Posted Saturday, July 28, 2012
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Pittsboro - On Saturday, power-washers removed the dirt from the exterior of the building that will house the new Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store. Indoors, managers conducted open interviews to hire wait and kitchen staff for the restaurant at 39 West Street. Greg Lewis, the restaurant's owner and operator, was looking to fill 30 available spots.
If the restaurant gets all of the required approvals and inspections, they?ll open for dinner on Friday, August 17 at 5 p.m. Table service will take place on Saturday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The lunch menu will feature items that cost $6 and up. Dinner entrees will be run from $10 and up.
The interior is being redone and will be different. There are new walls, new floors, new colors, new lights, new server stations, new tables and chairs.
Lewis is a Pittsboro resident who?s also the chef and owner of the Cary-based Catering By Design. He bought the former General Store Caf? because he wanted to see the business back up and running again.
Lewis began working in restaurants at the age of fourteen, beginning as a busboy and progressing to restaurant manager by the end of high school. Greg has an associate degree in Culinary Art from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. His career spans more than thirty years of culinary creation and management, including over eight years as Executive Chef with establishments such as the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania. After the hotel, he helped to open a popular upscale restaurant in the Hershey area, establishing an award-winning menu. From there, Chef Lewis went on to work as the Executive Chef for central Pennsylvania's largest caterer.
The back part of the restaurant will be similar to what it was, with a lounge and couches for people to sit and hang out. Live bands will play every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. The new owners are putting in a new sound system and sound panels to improve the sound in the rear room.
Previous owners undertook the rear expansion in 2006, just before the economic downturn. The store had closed earlier this year when the former operators said they could no longer sustain the business under a debt they?d taken on for the expansion. Lewis bought the business out of bankruptcy for $10,000, and settled leases on some of the kitchen, music and computer equipment.
The former Chevrolet dealership, converted in the late ?70s to a market, restaurant and music venue, was in a state of disarray after months of disuse.