The Kessels cut the ribbon

Beth Kessel, left, cuts the ribbon with her husband Dean, center, along with Executive Chef Scott Swanson, front right, and Ray Pickett, top right.

BLOWING ROCK — Famous Toastery of Blowing Rock finally got the opening treatment from the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce in the early morning hours of Thursday, Nov. 29.

The ribbon was cut by Beth Kessel, co-owner of the restaurant along with her husband, Dean. The restaurant opened its doors on Oct. 12 and is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The town has been incredibly receptive to us, it’s really been fun so far,” said Executive Chef Scott Swanson. “Everyone here has been so incredibly welcoming to us ... yes it’s small town, but we’re doing business here that doesn’t represent ‘small town.’”

The Kessels own two other Famous Toastery locations in Asheville and Cary, but have a connection to the High Country with two of their children attending Appalachian State University, as well as Beth’s grandfather.

Famous Toastery is a breakfast and lunch chain that was founded in Huntersville in 2005 by best friends Brian Burchill and Robert Maynard, according to the restaurant’s website. Famous Toastery became a franchise system in 2013 and now has more than 30 locations across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, with single locations in Pennsylvania and Colorado. The company’s headquarters is in Davidson.


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