Posted on: July 17th, 2020 Posted in Community News, Porches Cafe
“With heavy hearts, we are sad to announce the closing of Porches Cafe for the foreseeable future. Limits on capacity, reduced interest in dining out, and increased operating costs related to new safety measures have all wreaked havoc on the restaurant industry throughout the country and certainly in Wilmington, NC. Well-known restaurants that have been in business for decades have been forced to close their doors and regrettably, we now find ourselves in that same position due to the effects of COVID19. 

 

A Special Thank You

We’d like to give a special thanks to our hard-working Porches Cafe employees: Michael Mercer, Hazley Carter, Chloe Evans-Carter, Jennifer Harrell, Marlene Linden, Justine Serrano, Crystal Lanter, Brittany Cottle, Wanda Sue McBride, Jon McLean, Robin Elmore, Nick Rock, Willow Stackhouse and Courtney Icovino. They are not just part of the Porches Cafe family, they are part of the River Bluffs family. We are committed to do everything we can to help each and everyone of them find employment while we are shut down. 

Effective Friday, July 17, 2020 (after our last dinner service) we will be closing our neighborhood cafe for the foreseeable future. From our entire team (management, kitchen, and waitstaff), we THANK YOU for 5+ years of love & support. Please visit us every day this week as we say ‘goodbye’ to our dedicated diners.”

 

 

We recently chatted with Greater Wilmington Business Journal to provide our local community with more details and plans for Porches Cafe moving forward. Read the entire article below:

Porches Cafe, in the River Bluffs community in Castle Hayne, announced Monday that it is closing its doors, perhaps not permanently, but at least for the foreseeable future.A Facebook post from July 13 stated, “Limits on capacity, reduced interest in dining out, and increased operating costs related to new safety measures have all wreaked havoc on the restaurant industry throughout the country and certainly in Wilmington.

Well-known restaurants that have been in business for decades have been forced to close their doors and regrettably, we now find ourselves in that same position due to the effects of COVID-19.Effective THIS Friday (after our last dinner service) we will be closing our neighborhood cafe indefinitely. From our entire team (management, kitchen, and waitstaff), we thank you for 5+ years of love & support.

A true farm-to-table cafe, all of Porches menu items were locally sourced, many picked fresh from the River Bluffs farm. 

 

 

Porches is part of the fabric of the River Bluffs community,” said director of operations John Lennon. “This has been a very difficult decision and we remain hopeful that down the line the restaurant can reopen when the timing is right.

Lennon said the cafe experienced some success with carryout, particularly within River Bluffs and the surrounding area of Castle Hayne. He remained optimistic at the start of phase two of the state’s reopening plan, but said the cafe has seen a dramatic drop in dine-in service over the past few weeks.

There’s so much uncertainty that it just isn’t practical to try to continue operating under the current circumstances,” Lennon said.

It’s precisely because of that uncertainty that Lennon said he is unable to speculate as to when reopening might be possible. For now he said, the building that housed the cafe will remain as is.

Lennon described River Bluffs as a low-impact design community – one that is focused on utilizing and enhancing the land it’s built upon. The community will continue to operate its 10-acre farm, a portion of which is tended to by a commercial farmer, while residents have the ability to grow their own produce within the community space.

Read the Article: http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/restaurants/2020/07/15/porches_cafe_closes_indefinitely/20633