Crestwood aldermen have welcomed a North Carolina resident into the local business community as the new tenant of Sappington House Barn.
Aldermen tabled a motion two weeks ago to choose one of three recommended tenants, hoping to hear from management at Richmond Heights' Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium. Representatives with Fozzie's, however, withdrew their request to convert the barn into a second location for the sandwich shop.
After a failed motion in favor of a concept from Sunset Hills resident Mike Matthes, aldermen approved N.C. resident Karen Mott as the new tenant. Mott was the choice favored by the city's park board, as well as the Sappington House Library of Americana Trust.
Mott's proposal, The Barn, will serve traditional American items for breakfast and lunch. Mott said she wants to use fresh ingredients and "will capitalize on the Farm to Table trend that is so far unavailable in Crestwood," according to her proposal to the city. She's also been in contact with one area culinary school to discuss the possibility of externships for students.
Earlier this month Mott told the board she wants residents to see her establishment as a sort of “community living room,” and would encourage groups to think of it as a meetingplace.
Mott said she intends to apply for a liquor license. Her concept includes plans for special events such as monthly cocktail hours and comedy nights.
While Mott seemed hesitant about rushing to have operations running in time for the holidays, she said she did imagine a soft opening in late December or early January.
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