Knight's on Main closes its doors
by Jeff Eason
Knight's on Main, a popular restaurant in downtown Blowing Rock, closed its doors Thursday afternoon after serving tourists and locals for more than 18 years.
A source close to the restaurant stated that the owner of the building refused to renew the lease to Tim Knight, owner of Knight's on Main.
The restaurant served breakfast, lunch and dinner until last year when it stopped serving dinner.
Two years ago, the restaurant was featured in Our State magazine as one of the best places in the state to get breakfast, and mentioned how the Neese family, makers of Neese's Liver Mush, would come to the restaurant because Knight's was one of the few eateries in the state to serve a liver mush sandwich.
Other popular items on the Knight's menu were the "meat and two" plates consisting of a meat entree such as country ham or meat loaf, served with two vegetable side dishes and cornbread muffin or dinner roll. And seafood lovers could always count on fried fish and oyster specials at Knights every Friday.
Knight opened Knight's on Main after working as a cook at Sonny's Grill on Main Street for many years. Sonny's Grill, located next to Six Pence Pub, closed its doors in March 2009 after serving Blowing Rock customers for more than 50 years.
Regular customers at Knight's on Main knew the waitresses and staff on a first name basis. For years, members of Blowing Rock's Fire and Police Departments had the keys to Knight's kitchen and were encouraged to come in and make themselves coffee and breakfast before the restaurant opened to the public for the day.
"Knight's on Main started as a dream on Nov. 1, 1995," said Knight in a notice to his customers. "We have had 18 years of very loyal and wonderful customers. We would like to thank all of you for your support over the last several years.
"There are several reasons for closing, but the most important reasons are my three children. They have never known anything but the restaurant and most of their lives have revolved around the schedule of the restaurant.
"Seven days a week, year-round, can take a toll on a person and a family. Even though they are very upset about us closing the restaurant, they are excited about what the future holds for us as a family.
"Words cannot express how much we have appreciated all of the support that Blowing Rock and our customers have given us. Most of our customers seem more like family than they do customers and we are going to miss it all very much.
"We have been fortunate to have a great staff who worked very hard for us and this restaurant. We are going to miss them tremendously. We would like to publicly thank them for all they have done for us. They are also going to miss all of our wonderful customers.
"So today, March 27, 2014, is our last day."