BOONE — The Hardee’s located at 610 Blowing Rock Road in Boone won’t open on Saturday, Feb. 22, as it has for more than four decades. The location will close after the last shift on Feb. 21, store owner David Bryan Haas confirmed.
“It’s not a high-volume Hardee’s, so we haven’t been able to provide the service that our customers deserve,” Haas said on Feb. 18. “I’m just as sad as everyone else.”
Haas confirmed that he has leased the space to a new restaurant, and while declining to disclose what the new restaurant will be, expressed his excitement for it.
The announcement was also made in an advertisement in the Feb. 16 print edition of the Watauga Democrat.
“For the past 30 years, it has been our privilege to serve you in Boone from two locations, 610 Blowing Rock Road and 344 New Market Centre,” the ad stated. “Effective Saturday, Feb. 22, we will be closing the Blowing Rock Road restaurant to focus our efforts and continue to proudly serve you from our New Market location.”
The ad also stated that the new restaurant concept will be “open soon.”
Haas, who works for The Hastings Company that is headquartered on State Farm Road, became owner of the store in April 2018, with ownership transferred to him from his father-in-law and company founder Jim Hastings, according to the Watauga County Register of Deeds.
Haas said that the Hardee’s opened between 1972 and 1975, becoming a franchise store owned by Hastings in 1980.
Haas confirmed that the Hardee’s location at 344 New Market Centre would continue to operate.
“We’re going to put our efforts into running one store and staffing one store,” Haas said.