Folks who drive up and down Bent Mountain on a regular basis are probably curious about all the work being done to a former Mexican restaurant along that route. I talked to property owner Jim Woltz this week and he said a new restaurant called the Bent Mountain Bistro is tentatively scheduled to open in April.
Woltz has owned the property at the crest of the mountain (across the road from the fire and rescue station) for about 5 years, he said. Before that, it was a Mexican restaurant. Now it is being heavily remodeled, and anyone can see from the Bent Mountain Bistro Facebook page that the work has included a new roof, new stone facade, electrical wiring and plumbing.
Woltz said he owns the building and the 5 acres where it sits but he is not opening the restaurant. He did not provide the names of the restaurant operators, saying it would be better if he allowed them to talk about their future plans for the site. I believe I know who they are and I hope to talk to them very soon.
While the building has been under construction over the past few months, the new restaurateurs have been doing pit-smoked barbecue on the weekends and selling boxed meals from a table outside. Woltz said those meals frequently sell out within an hour. That might provide one hint as to the cuisine, but there has also been talk of a pizza oven being installed.
Woltz said he believes long-term plans for the site may include greenhouses on the property where fresh produce can be grown. He also hopes shops might be built there in the future, creating a kind of village center in that area.
I’ll post any updates about Bent Mountain Bistro on the blog as soon as I get them.