Photography & story by Tommy Stafford
Nelson County Life Magazine Â©2007
Dogwood Restaurant to Open in Nellysford
Front view of what will be Nellysford’s newest restaurant to open in November. This is the old Rockfish Nursery & Garden Center just south of Nellysford on Route 151.
Yep, say it’s so! After many delays and much anticipation, over a year’s worth, Dogwood Restaurant will finally open for business in November, hopefully before Thanksgiving, says co-owner Cathy Hunt of Amherst. She and husband Dennis who already own Dogwood Cafe on Route 29 in Amherst County have been working to get the Nellysford location open for over a year. “The death of a business partner involved, set us back considerably,” says Cathy. NCL stopped in for lunch Sunday at her Amherst location and got the details on the anxiously anticipated opening of the Nelson location. Things are now on track!
They are in the process of hiring wait staff right now along with other support staff for the Nellysford location. There’s some remaining things to be done on the inside, mainly involving the walk in refrigerator, but after that Cathy says they will be ready to go. So, it’s literally a mater of weeks.
The new restaurant will have porch seating when the weather allows it, in addition to indoors. Cathy describes the restaurant as serving meals similar to the one in Amherst (good food we have eaten there several times in the past) but also having additional menu items desired in the area. They will have a wine and beer license which will feature local wineries and breweries over time.
Cathy tells me if anyone is interested in working with them in their new Nellysford location, call her right away as they are hiring now. Cathy or Dennis can be reached by calling their Amherst restaurant at: 434-946-0001.
We’ll keep you posted on their progress, but congrats to Dennis & Cathy. Welcome to Nellysford & Nelson County!