BY JOHN H. WALKER
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
The red building sitting behind the white, three-rail fence at 1800 Western Blvd. has been shuttered for a little over two years. Despite a strong following and a reputation for good food and service, Stack’s Restaurant fell victim to the economy and served its final meals to the public on March 31, 2011.
But soon, the building will come back to life as The Edgecombe Event Center as Tom and Jessie and Trey and Julie Thorne look to fill a niche with the facility.
Trey Thorne said the group, via an LLC, hope to close the deal by the end of the month.
He said he agrees with the view that Tarboro has some positive momentum going with regards to economic development. He said his family felt the recent spate of announcements regarding other businesses, like Tarboro Brewing Company made it a great time to buy real estate in the area.
“Most importantly for this project, we think this new business will fill a large gap in the needs of the community.”
Thorne said the group plans to use the building for parties, wedding receptions, family reunions, business meetings and more.
He said there are several other concepts under consideration for the building.
“Ultimately, we want to rent the restaurant portion to an operator.
We think there is a need for additional restaurants in town. Restaurants like On the Square, Chef and the Farmer (in Kinston) and SoCo Farm and Food (in Wilson) prove that people seek out good food and are willing to drive longer distances and pay premiums for quality.”
Thorne said the facility will also be made available to churches that need additional space to meet.
“Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings will not be busy for other
events, so we hope local churches will take advantage of the facility.”
He also said the idea of creating events to host at the building has also been discussed, including bands, showing sporting events, etc.
“As for now, we are working to get the necessary permits and licenses that are needed,” he said. “Shortly after closing, we will begin some cosmetic renovations at the property.”
Thorne said persons wanting more information or to make a reservation should call him at 883-6931.