Goodyear House team to open a new restaurant in booming Rock Hill

Goodyear House team to open a new restaurant in booming Rock Hill

T-bone steak at Old Town Kitchen. Photo: Peter Taylor

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The team behind the new-favorite Goodyear House restaurant in NoDa is opening its second concept, called Old Town Kitchen & Cocktails, in Rock Hill this summer.

Why it matters: A number of Charlotte restaurateurs are noticing the recent growth of the South Carolina town just over the border, fueled in large part by the town’s booming sports industry.

Familiar names such as Common Market and Kre8 Gastropub’s Rob Masone have secured spots in the fast-growing downtown. Most are going near big developments like the new Panthers facility.

“We love what’s happening down there,” chef and partner Chris Coleman tells me. “The city of Rock Hill drew us in.”

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Old Town Kitchen will open in the former White Horse space within the historic Lowenstein Building. Those are big shoes to fill for the small town.

The White Horse was open for 44 years and was staple in the community when it closed permanently in October 2020 amid the pandemic.

What to expect: Coleman calls Old Town an “ode to the classic neighborhood restaurant” with American fare like sandwiches and meat-and-twos.

  • Dishes include an “extremely spreadable” pimento cheese ball, salt-and-pepper catfish and a T-bone steak.
  • Like Coleman’s menu at The Goodyear House, he’ll focus on local and seasonal ingredients.

The space: The restaurant is about 6,000 square feet with two patios — one with lounge furniture and firepits, the other for more traditional dining.

  • In total, the restaurant will seat about 130 inside and 40 outside. There are no pandemic-related capacity restrictions for restaurants in Rock Hill at this time.
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The space was designed by Cluck Design. Rendering by Cluck, courtesy Old Town Kitchen.

Team: Built On Hospitality restaurant group partners A.J. Klenk, Sean Potter and Coleman will oversee Old Town, as they do GYH. The rest of the staff will be new hires. The two restaurants will share a pastry chef, and Coleman will split his time between them.

Timeline: The restaurant is aiming for a summer 2021 opening.

Location: The exact address is 300 Technology Center Way, Ste. #203, Rock Hill.

Here’s a sneak peek at the menu.

Old Town’s burger. Photo: Peter Taylor

The pimento cheese ball, rolled in smoked pecans. Photo: Peter Taylor

Photo: Peter Taylor

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