WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce welcomed new owner PJ Calhoun of Park Vista Inn and Restaurant with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, July 22.
Park Vista, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, recently reopened after closing back in 2009.
The property has undergone extensive renovations since coming under new ownership in 2011 by Calhoun of Greensboro. The restaurant recently reopened for breakfast for the first time Friday, May 1 of this year.
Calhoun purchased Park Vista back in 2011 and has spent the last three years working on renovating the restaurant and the hotel rooms of the property with his partner, Mark Lewandowski.
Lewandowski was the owner of Ritchy’s Uptown in Greensboro and also assisted with the start up of Hop’s Burger Bar which was recently named the nation’s top burger restaurant by TripAdvisor.
Calhoun explained that he came to own the inn “by chance” after he noticed the property was for sale while driving up the Blue Ridge Parkway. He said the decision to purchase the property came from his desire to make a lifestyle change after previously working for The Shoe Market in Greensboro.
The restaurant now serves lunch and dinner with all food being made in house and nothing coming from a can. Menu items include: pulled park barbecue sandwiches, burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, BLT’s, barbecue plates, fresh garden salads, mac and cheese, fresh fruit, Ashe County grits and more.
According to Calhoun, Park Vista has obtained their ABC alcohol licence and now offers a variety of beverages on their menu.
For the last three years, Calhoun and Lewandowski have also been renovating the hotel rooms on the property.
Currently there are 10 rooms available for guests but there will be a total of 18 rooms when all renovations are complete.
The newly renovated rooms include large smart TV’s, wi-fi and have hardwood flooring and updated furniture.
Prices for the hotel rooms are currently $99 on weekends and $79 on weekdays.
Park Vista Inn and Restaurant is located in West Jefferson at mile post 268 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information call 336-877-5250.
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.