Abby Whitt The Floyd Press
FLOYD – The historic Pine Tavern restaurant closed to the general public on Friday, but will continue to serve the community at private events and special occasions, its owners announced last week.
Co-owner Reed Embrey said on Aug. 17 that the decision to close the restaurant outside of private events was “very difficult,” but necessary to maintain superior customer service.
Focusing on special events instead of being both a venue and a restaurant, Embrey said, will allow owners and staff to keep Pine Tavern’s historic reputation at a more manageable pace.
“It’s not really a goodbye, as we will be able to see a lot of our guests when they celebrate special occasions,” Embrey noted.
Over the next few months, there will be approximately 11 special events at the Pine Tavern, including weddings, receptions, reunions and parties.
Embrey and his wife, Jane, have owned Pine Tavern since 2004, and the property and business have been on the market since May 2019. He said this week: “With the pandemic, we feel like it doesn’t. has only been on the market for a few weeks.
The challenge of fully staffing a restaurant for sale also contributed to the Pine Tavern restaurant closing to the public, Embrey added.