UPDATE: Owner explains decision to close Knife & Fork
SPRUCE PINE – Knife & Fork, a hyper-local, seasonal farm-to-table restaurant on Locust Street in downtown Spruce Pine, is permanently closing Saturday, March 31, at the end of the business day.
Owner and chef Nate Allen posted the announcement this past Thursday on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
“It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that Knife and Fork will be closing forever,” the post read. “We have had a good run and I want to thank all of you for your support. Come join us for our final hurrah! We love you!”
The post was shared more than 40 times and generated more than 350 reactions.
Knife and Fork opened in July 2009. Allen said all of the restaurant’s menu options should be available up until it closes.
Allen, who is moving to Florida after the business closes to take a job as a private chef, said the restaurant stood strong during difficult times.
“What’s always going to stick with me is there wasn’t a single person who said starting the restaurant was a good idea or that it could succeed,” Allen said. “Every step of the way, there were massive stumbling blocks and it was really hard to get people to be helpful or encouraging for a young entrepreneur.”
Allen said closing the business and starting his new job is the best financial decision.
“I never had the idea I was going to do this to make money,” Allen said. “It used me up. I did everything I could to shine a bright light on Spruce Pine.”
Allen said he hopes his business helped spark the growth of historic downtown areas in North Carolina.
“With all the press we got, I feel like we were an unofficial Chamber of Commerce for Spruce Pine,” Allen said. “I wanted to promote the rebirth of historic downtown areas and I feel like we succeeded in that.”