Restaurant News January 13, 2017

I have already done a podcast this week and this info all came out after that, or at least I heard about it after. I figured it was better to give you the info now instead of waiting because time is of the essence.

We, the foodie community, were presented with a press release from the Honey Pot restaurant’s owner, Beau Tate. The press release reads as follows:

Friends, guests, and partners

It’s with a heavy heart that I share this news, but Saturday March 4th will be our last dinner service at The Honey Pot. This ride has been nearly three years long and we have consistently been humbled by the warm reception that we’ve received from the Winston Salem dining community. Our tables have been filled with friends and supporters who share in our endeavor: to showcase the amazing food that’s produced or grown in the Triad, to drink well in good company, and to celebrate life. Unfortunately, the financial end of this endeavor is a tough one. We’ve spent the last year making changes to keep the pulse alive but unfortunately our efforts have fallen short. We’re really proud of the food that we’ve put across the table and the memories that have been created at The Honey Pot. It has been an honor and privilege to welcome you through our doors, and it’s bitterly disappointing to know that it’s drawing to a close.

I couldn’t be more proud of the team that we’ve grown over the years and the work that they’ve collectively accomplished. THP has been built brick by brick through staff contributions, learning, and personal growth that our team has shared with guests on a daily basis. It’s a source of great personal pride for all of us and has been the most rewarding facet of my career to date. To anybody looking for employees with a diamond work ethic and an amazing passion for taking care of people, these are your folks. Call them, or call me and I’ll put you in touch with them.

To the growers and producers with whom we’ve had the pleasure of working, you all are a local treasure. Your dedication to producing the highest quality product in an ethical and sustainable manner is a source of inspiration and is changing Winston Salem’s relationship with food. Day by day you’re showing us that it is possible to make a life by working the land, and you’re living the change we hope to see in the world. We commend you and are deeply sorry not to be able to purchase your food in a professional capacity on an on-going basis, but we look forward to seeing you often at market.

Most importantly, thank you to our guests who have chosen to spend your hard-earned money and moreover your time at The Honey Pot. You’ve made it a special journey and there are no words sufficient to express the gratitude that we feel for your support. We’d love to see each of your faces over the coming weeks for a final meal at THP and a hug before we begin our next chapter. Until March 4th we’ll be doing what we love to do: putting forth food with heart and enjoying you all enjoying yourselves. There will most certainly be a celebration of everything that we’ve accomplished at THP at some point in the near future so stay tuned. If you’re unable to make it in before our last service please come visit at Tate’s and we can reminisce over a cocktail.

So, if you’re a fan of Honey Pot, you have until March 4 to enjoy it. It’s sad to see things close. I know a lot of people enjoyed the restaurant. I’ll admit that Stephanie and I haven’t been there since Chef Harrison Littell arrived on the scene and I know he’s top notch, but it was never a place that we wanted to eat. We tried a few times and weren’t impressed. Again, that was a while back and I do want to get there before they close because I want to get more acquainted with Chef Harrison’s cooking. You can get by there before they close by visiting 285 W 4th Street in WSNC. Good luck to all involved in their future endeavors.

In other news, I haven’t confirmed this, yet, but it seems that King’s Crab Shack & Oyster Bar is set to be franchised. Will and I are friends and we talk about food, but he hasn’t mentioned this to me. When I talk to him I can get the details and report more on it. But, I think it’s pretty cool that the place is doing well enough, and have the reputation to expand. I believe they’ll stick close to the area and let them all in the awesomeness that is King’s Crab Shack. Again, as I know more, you’ll know more. I’ll keep you informed. Currently, the only location is at 239 W 4th Street in WSNC. I recommend just about everything on the menu. Congratulations to Will and Norb, if this is true.

Thanks for reading!