Tuesday, December 4, 2012

No! Riverview Inn to close

The Riverview Inn, open since 1946 with the Burns family, will close Dec. 22, says Jon Burns. Fans of the fish camp -- with particularly notable salt-and-pepper cats -- also fondly remember the iconic pegleg pirate "Captain Windy" (above, in an Observer file photo from 1986), who greeted diners and awed children for years. (He was really Gilbert Winchester, and died in 2010.)

Jon Burns said sales had been decreasing, with food and labor costs rising in this economy, and, "as an independent restaurant, it's getting harder and harder to earn a living at it... Our type of restaurant might slowly be becoming a thing of the past."

The restaurant posted the closing notice on its Facebook page, prompting lots of all-capital comments: "OH NO!" and "SO SORRY" and "You will TRULY be missed" -- along with fond memories of a spot that taught many what a fish camp was. Generally thought to have begun around the Depression, they were spots, near waterways, where fishers could fry up their catch. Those cooking began to do side dishes as well, and to sell to others.

Catering will continue to be offered, "at least for awhile," says Jon. 10012 Moores Chapel Loop (on the Catawba River, just off Wilkinson Boulevard, U.S. 29/74); 704-399-3385.

“It’s sad – but who else gets a 67-year run?” asks Jon.


David M said...

Worked here for years. First as a "floater" then a "Mate". Great times. I hope the Burns family enjoys the time off!

Anonymous said...

Fond memories of this place, pirate waiters and Capt'n Windy. But it's time for this old relic to fade away. Their food has not been good in many years.

Anonymous said...

Riverview Inn was great... in its time. Recently, however, the quality has greatly declined. When you walk in the door and immediately are hit with that industrial bathroom deodorizer smell, it's not a good sign.

Pat R. said...

I agree with the previous comnments --- once great but severly lacking for the last decade at least. People will emotionally not wnat this place to close because they, like me, have fond memories of going there in their youth and the Riverview Inn is a tangiable reminder of their past (esp. since most other places have closed a long time ago). I would be surprised, however, if anyone of these well wishers have stepped foot in there in the last few years or even the last decade.