By Clint Parker
Woodfin – For almost seven years people have been enjoying food and ice cream from the little restaurant along Weaverville Highway, but that ended Friday (Aug. 30th) when the local standard closed its doors for the last time in the well-known location. Eats & Treats closed Friday (Aug. 30th) after the new owner of the property sent them a notice to vacate, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Rusty Stevens and his wife, Joanne, have been feeding folks of the area food and ice cream, but that’s come to an end, said Rusty, “Our lease was up for renewal when the property owner got sick and so we didn’t bother her. She ended up passing away.”
The new owner, according to the Facebook post, “…repeatedly assured we would have the renewal ‘soon’ and not to worry. Apparently, things changed. We recently received a letter from the new owner notifying us that he had a contract to sell the building. Included in the letter was a notice to vacate…” Asked if they were looking to reopen at another location, Rusty said, “We’re looking at some places.”
The restaurant served fast food favorites like burgers, fries and hot dogs and some of what was described by one diner as the “best peach cobbler” since her momma’s.
Talking about the business, Rusty said, “It’s a true mom and pop place, just the two of us,” indicating his wife behind the counter waiting on a customer. “The sad part is this guy (the new owner) is not going to continue the ice cream (sales). They’ve sold ice cream here for generations,” Rusty explained. He recalled when the building was Dog Day Cafe and a Daisy Queen. “For the kids, that’s going to be tough.”
“They love all their customers! Their food is wonderful! I pray they can get up in Weaverville or around here locally,” said Jan Hood who was sitting with her friend Sue Frost enjoying what would be the last meal inside that location of Eats & Treats. “Their hamburgers, the way they do their hamburgers is just…it’s homemade,” said Frost.
Rusty said people interested in following the business as they look to open somewhere else in the area should like them on their Eats n Treat Cafe – Facebook Page and hope that they find another location.