Calling all Foodie Entrepreneurs!
Are you a regional food, restaurant, or culinary entrepreneur? Or has the COVID-19 Crisis impacted your restaurant / bakery / catering company / or coffee shop?
As Friends of Southwest Virginia prepares to reopen the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace (formerly Heartwood located in Abingdon, Virginia) following the COVID-19 Crisis, leadership has made the decision to eliminate food service as an internal operation. This new model will allow the facility and operations to fully support a regional food service business as an operational partner!
We are looking for a local partner to operate food service: a full service restaurant OR a cafe OR a bakery OR a coffee shop.
The facility has previously hosted food service in several forms: large scale full-service restaurants (both table service and buffet service), a limited service cafe, and a coffee bar. The facility has two fully-equipped kitchens and a cafe/coffee bar. The possibilities for a future business within this space are endless!
While events are limited at this time due to COVID, there will one day again be large-scale music events weekly and regular meetings in three separate meeting spaces, so catering and events could be a significant revenue source for future years.
Learn more about the Cultural Center here:
If you are interested in beginning a conversation to see if a long-term partnership could be the right fit for you and your business, reach out to Chris Cannon, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SWVA Cafe & Mountain Brew Bar strives to promote the region’s wonderful farmers, growers, and producers by serving a menu consisting of 85% local ingredients and products. The Cafe’s goal is to introduce the flavors of SWVA to all patrons that come to the facility and to encourage them to explore the community to see where their food came from.
Below is a list of local farmers and producers that the SWVA Cafe & Mountain Brew Bar currently works with: