Boone creates independant restaurant group using AIR as example

Boone is creating an independent restaurant group, Boone Independent Restaurants (BIR) which they say they’re modeling after Asheville’s AIR.

From the Mountain Times, based in Boone:

The newly formed organization called Boone Independent Restaurants was created by the owners of two well-known local establishments, Casa Rustica and Pepper’s, which have existed in the High Country for decades.

Rick Pedroni and John Pepper, the respective owners of those restaurants, recognized a need for unity in the local food service community.

Pedroni acknowledges that there has long been a group of civic-minded restaurants in the area, but that he and Pepper “wanted to make it more of a community thing.”

The community Pedroni refers to covers the larger High Country area, despite the geographic specificity of the organization’s name. He acknowledges that a local restaurant association is not a new idea, citing Asheville’s nearby example.

“We based this off of Asheville’s,” Pedroni said. “They’ve been instrumental in helping us.”


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