Happy 15th Basic Necessities – A Great Sunday Celebration!

©™2012 Nelson County Life : Photos By Tommy Stafford : Kay Pfaltz, the original founder of Basic Necessities back in July of 1997, cuts a celebratory cake this past Sunday afternoon when the restaurant shared the anniversary with customers, friends, also present and former employees of the French style cafe in Nellysford.

Nelson County, VA
15 years ago this month Basic Necessities was born. Back then it was little more than a shack. Today it still has its own special feel, but with thousands and thousands of customers over the years always making the stop whenever they are in Nelson. Sunday afternoon with the clap of thunder off in the distance The Basic Crew celebrated 15 years in business with a quaint courtyard party behind the restaurant next door to Wintergreen Hardware.

Our story above in the July 2012 issue of Nelson County Life Magazine about the 15 year anniversary of the popular Nellysford restaurant. Click on the image above to read the story.

Dozens of friends filled the backyard of Basic Necessities this past Sunday July 15, 2012 to celebrate the 15th anniversary.
Dan Erhman of Afton (left in red shirt) leads off the applause to recognize Bev Lacey (owner-left) Kay Pfaltz (center) and Sarah Leake Shelton (right) for their success and hospitality. Sarah, who is the manager of the restaurant, has been working at Basic since she was a teen over a dozen years ago.
Marie Kelly (a longtime waitress at Basic Necessities) pauses for a camera toast to commerate the 15th anniversary of the restaurant.
Keith Dix of Nellysford, co-owner of Basic Necessities, chats about the memories of the unique restaurant with Sarah Leake Shelton, the restaurant's current manager and one of the original employees when it was started.

Happy 15th Basic Necessities! Here’s to 15 more wonderful years!

To see all of the pictures from Sunday’s 15th Anniversary celebration, click here to view them in our Nelson Mag Facebook Album


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