Written by Kevin Westmoreland
Joe Scully and I walked into the little house at 3 Boston Way a little over fourteen years ago. It was a dream for us to create a place where people liked what we did to the historic building we were taking over, and the food we were serving them.
It was also a risk, as anyone that has ever opened a restaurant knows. The odds are against making it past the second year. I knew that statistic, but, to paraphrase Gene Kranz’s character in Apollo 13, failure was not an option. We had everything riding on this restaurant. Joe and I had families, mortgages, and other obligations. And the Corner Kitchen had to help us take care of all of those things while providing something of quality to the restaurant scene in Asheville.
Once we opened, I basically forgot the pressure of making ends meet and just did what I had to do to deliver the experience I wanted for our guests and staff. Joe delivered on the food front. The menus were creative without being out of reach for our guests, and we worked hard to make Corner Kitchen the kind of place that felt welcoming to both our regulars and out of town guests.
The building and the restaurant have changed some over the years. We have a staff that helps us keep the food interesting and we make updates to our 123 year old home every year. Thank you to all of you that have come to see us over the years. The dream, for me, has turned into a dream come true.