A new restaurant, which plans to open in Cherokee by the end of July, promises a cuisine which will be unique to this area. the cuisine will be "Mediterranean", featuring dishes from several countries along the Mediterranean Sea.
"Corvo's" will be owned and operated by Bill and Mary Crow of Cherokee, and their daughter Stephanie Smith will be the manager. The restaurant will be located in the West Main Street building most recently occupied by another restaurant, The White Rose.
Bill works as a pharmacist at MHI, and Mary works at Careage Hills, so their time is little limited. They have been spending recent evenings and weekends getting their new business ready to go. The first floor and basement will be cleaned, items which won't be used will be disposed of, equipment will be inspected, and repaired or replaced if needed. The bar, kitchen and back entrance will all be redone, but they plan to retain the classic look of the building.
Crow says that an Italian cuisine will be a primary focus, which he feels will meet a popular demand here. His hope thought is that customers will be willing to be a little adventurous and try some of the other, less familiar dishes from other Mediterranean countries, too - "from Spain to Morocco." Crow says there will be steak and potatoes on the menu as well, as he realizes that this a traditional favorite in hi neck of the woods.
Crow envisions his restaurant, which is a fulfillment of a long-time dream, as a fine dining experience for his patrons. He says there will be a good selection of wines and other beverages available in addition to excellent and affordable food. Food-but he stresses it will be a casual atmosphere. Diners should not feel they have to wear a tie or get "dressed up." If they choose to, fine but it will be expected or required.
Crow sees eating at Corvo's as "a dining experience - not just grabbing a bite." He never wants his customers to feel rushed, and it will be a smoke-free establishment.
Tuesday though Thursday restaurant hours will be from 5 to 9 p.m, and Fridays and Saturdays from 5-10 p.m. Bar hours will be 5-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 5-1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The business will not be open on Sundays or Mondays.
The targeted opening for "Corvo's" is the end of July but Crow hopes to offer samples of "what's to come" to invited guests during the Cherokee Sesquicentennial Weekend June 29- July 2.