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Information and Inspiration
A word from Mike and Alisaun on opening their restaurant in (formerly) Durham Hall:
“We first saw Durham Hall in 2020 before closing on our building 300 Main and fell in love with the carefully restored historic Durham Tobacco mural. Durham Hall is a couple of doors down from 300 Main and is a historic building as well. When the opportunity to purchase the building was presented to us last year it was hard to turn down. Since we first laid eyes on the building we had the idea that it could be a great restaurant. After closing this was still in the forefront of our minds. We sat on the project for almost a year while finishing other projects. Recently, through a mutual connection, we found and hired a firm that has many years of experience in the world of fine dining and restaurant recruiting. They work all over SC and the US, and are hiring our staff and guiding us from start to finish. We are leaving the running of our restaurant to the professionals!
Durham Hall will now be called “The Southern Bull” in honor of the mural of the Durham Tobacco Bull from Durham, NC.”
Here are answers to questions about our restaurant:
Why a restaurant? We saw the opportunity for more dining in our area- not only in Walhalla but in the surrounding Upstate towns. There are great restaurants to be found but there is also a need for this style of restaurant. Our love for fresh, locally sourced ingredients, Southern food, and a great atmosphere are part of our inspiration. Plus our love for Walhalla and all things local.
Will the restaurant have steak? What kind of menu? Yes, the menu will have different kinds of steak. The food will be fresh, locally sourced with Southern staples. We have a renowned fine dining chef already on board that will help us develop the best menu!
Will you be open for lunch? We are not planning on being open for lunch.
What is the timeframe? We are shooting for the first of the year.
Are you hiring? Yes. If you are interested in employment and have experience in the restaurant industry, please email a resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The start date will come the closer we are to opening.
What are you doing with the vacant lot on Main that used to be a part of Durham Hall? The vacant lot will be tied to the restaurant. It will have an outdoor kitchen/bar with a limited menu for waiting guests or guests wanting a more chill atmosphere. There will also be live entertainment on occasion. The space will also have the capacity to host large events.
Will it be formal or casual? The restaurant will have white tablecloths with a casual fine dining feel.
What about pricing? The menu will have a variety and different price points.
Are you changing the inside? What about the mural? The inside is up to date, but we will renovate and retrofit into a restaurant. The mural will remain a focal point for our guests.
Hope this helps with some of the questions you may have about the project. We can’t wait to bring this new addition to Main Street Walhalla. Please follow our social pages on facebook and instagram for updates about our opening!
The Southern Bull Fine Food & Drink is our next project, opening around the beginning of '24.