Black Mountain is a restaurant merry-go-round.
In the short year that I have lived here, I have seen H.T. Papa's restaurant close; it is now a Chinese place. A coffee house on the edge of town closed — the lady who ran it left and opened her place in Old Fort (now I hear it is closed there too, and she moved to Charlotte). The Oak House closed and re-opened, and is not the same as before. Just two weeks ago, Camino's Mexican restaurant closed.
The Watershed was the first one to go, and after that it seems there was a domino effect. I don't eat out often, but when I do, it is disappointing when you get used to a place and they are soon gone.
What's going on in this town? Are the rent rates too high to stay open? I'm confused.
— Irene Corey