Ham’s Restaurants Closes It’s Gate City Blvd. Location
Four of the original 10 purchased in Bankruptcy are still in operation.
The Ham’s Restaurant located at 3017 W. Gate City Blvd. in Greensboro, sits dark and quiet with a mostly empty parking lot on Wednesday afternoon. Upon closer inspection, the usual hustle and bustle is gone, lights are low and the outside TV’s that used to play to customers walking up are gone or off.
When you walk up to the front doors that used to swing wide for customers ready for homemade chips or the Hams’ special there’s a thud….a stop. They are locked. If you peak in there are a few people cleaning and getting things in order.
A lone 8.5×11 sign posted by someone on the inside reads,
“Thank you for your loyal patronage for the past 6 years at this location. We look forward to you visiting us at one of our other Ham’s Restaurants locations: Ham’s of New Garden (Greensboro), Ham’s American Bar & Grille in High Point, Ham’s of Hickory and Ham’s of Danville, Va. Something exciting and new will be coming to this location in the Spring!
Though the note on the door states “Something exciting and new will be coming to this location in the Spring”, according to an employee who answered the door, it won’t be Ham’s.
The worker told YES! Weekly, “We are closed for good.”
A second, third and fourth confirmation comes from the location being scrubbed from the company website and the Gate City Blvd. Ham’s Facebook page having been deleted. The phone number is also out of service.
The Ham’s story for it’s current owner, Greensboro nightclub and restaurateur Rocky Scarfone, starts back in 2010 when his company bought the restaurant chain in bankruptcy.
According to an article published 8/3/2010 in the Greensboro News & Record, Scarfone and his company bought the remaining 10 Ham’s locations at a bankruptcy auction Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010 for $360,000. Since that time the number has dropped to just 4, with ownership shuttering all other locations.
Though two new restaurants were tried – Downtown Greensboro and a Thru-Way Shopping Center location Winston-Salem, both opened and closed after short runs.
Scarfone could not be reached for comment.