After five successful years of serving lunch and dinner off the beaten path on Standard Street, Heaven’s Scent Restaurant & Catering has decided to close its doors to walk-in business.
“It was the right decision at this time,” said Heaven’s Scent owner Jeff Taylor, who stated that the decision made by him and his partners Jones Darnell and Lisa Darnell had been weighing heavily on him for the past year.
Taylor, along with his co-owners, released a statement on the restaurant’s Facebook page Tuesday informing the community that the restaurant would close.
“To all of our customers & Patrons, Family & Friends, we would like to let everyone know that after a lot of consideration, we have decided to close Heaven’s Scent Restaurant, our last day of serving the community will be Saturday June 27th 2015,” Taylor said in his online statement. “We are saddened that our journey is coming to an end and that we will not get to see all of you on a daily basis, but we will still see you out and about, we have made a lot of friends along the way and a lot of you have become like family to us, we hope to continue to have these relationships with you. We never know what the future holds for us, I like to think that when one door closes another door opens for us all, and that God will be there to guide us thru it. We again would like to thank you for this great journey to be able to serve this great community.”
Once the announcement was made, Heaven’s Scent staff and owners were bombarded with phone calls from members of the community, expressing curiosity, concern and well wishes.
“We really appreciate the business and support for the last five years,” said Taylor with his eyes full of emotion. “We’ve really all become family.”
While the closing may have come as a surprise to many in the community given the constant traffic of patrons coming and going on any given day of the week, Taylor took special effort to inform all staff members of his decision before releasing the statement, and even procuring jobs at other establishments if they chose to take them.
“We’ve got a good staff,” Taylor said. “Our main thing in this business is the employees.”
Many in the community are saddened to see the restaurant close, not only because of the four- and five-star reviews they’ve received on TripAdvisor, Yelp and other websites, but also due to the fact the owners and staff have become friends through their commitment to customer service.
“When we opened we didn’t want to jeopardize our food,” said Taylor. “Everything was homemade, we wanted you to feel like your at home when dining with us.”
As far as future plans for Taylor and his business partners, they will continue to operate the catering side of their restaurant, honoring all appointments that have been scheduled. They also will continue to take new appointments through the remainder of the year as they navigate the next phase of their business model.
“We own the building and we’ll still host small parties of 30 or less that choose to rent it for catering events,” said Taylor.
The recent addition of Uncorked on Main to Heaven’s Scent also will close its Elkin location, choosing to focus primarily on the Wilkesboro store. According to Dare Brinson, who owns the shop along with her husband Bruce, they will relocate the 600 or so bottles of wine to their main store location.
“In the six months that we’ve been open, we only had about two people come to actually purchase wine,” said Brinson, explaining that the feasibility of staying open without the restaurant did not make fiscal sense.
While the community will certainly miss the Heaven’s Scent Restaurant, Taylor said he’s leaving the door open for new possibilities. “Never burn bridges,” Taylor said. “You never know what new opportunity may come.”
Karen Holbrook may be reached at 336-258-4059 or on Twitter @KarenHolbrook00.