Morehead Foundry multiplex transforms edge of Downtown Greensboro
Fresh. Local. Good food group has officially opened it’s multi-million dollar project at Morehead Foundry.
You’ll hardly recognize the area at the edge of Downtown Greensboro at 433 Spring Garden Street. Its been completely transformed into a multiplex featuring seven businesses including two restaurants and Fresh. Local. Good food group’s corporate offices.
It’s a massive undertaking and it is awesome. It is quite the site as you make your way into downtown Greensboro from Freeman Mill Road. The complex spans 30,000 square feet in a building that used to house a coal and ice business.
Owner Lee Comer began renovating the space a year ago. She already has years of expertise under her belt with her restaurant, the extremely popular Iron Hen Cafe, and her catering business, Fresh. Local. Good food group. The multiplex is icing on the cake of a year that saw Comer open a second Iron Hen location, that one in Asheville.
Comer says Morehead Foundry has been a labor of love. “It’s been a lot of work and we really appreciate the support of the community,” she told me as she busily greeted guests Saturday. She says Morehead Foundry and its businesses will be “a destination for Greensboro and surrounding communities. This is a place that will promote Southern hospitality and history, local food and ingredients, and a strong community spirit.”
We were there for an open house last weekend where hundreds of people got their first glimpses of the entire space. Samplings of each restaurant were put out on display and a few complimentary beverages to accompany the food. Let’s take you on a tour…
Four Flocks and Larder—a restaurant that focuses on chicken, duck, turkey and quail. The larder alongside has local and unique provisions bearing the restaurant’s name. It seats about 260 and will have a more upscale feel but still is quite inviting and casual. We were able to try a few bites of rotisserie chicken, seared duck and some tasty and kicked up fried chicken wings that will surely be a hit.
Revolution Burger—A farm to table style fast casual burger joint with all grass-fed, grass-finished beef. Different burger options are available and you don’t want to miss the hand-cut fries and milkshakes. Guests last weekend tried a few tastes of burgers and for me, the winner was definitely the Carolina style burger with chili and slaw.
The Baker & Bean — a coffeeshop and Southern scratch bakery located next door where you can get cupcakes, cakes, pies, ice cream and other desserts. Plus nitro coffee.
And in the back of that space you’ll find…
Hush—Greensboro’s first true speakeasy. To get in, you’ll have to be a member and they’re promised an exclusive and personalized experience. It’s dimly lit, intimate space with high mirrors and full tufted comfy high-backed benches.
The final three businesses are The Public, which is an event space for larger celebrations like wedding receptions, rehearsals, etc.
Carolina Event Rentals—If you’re looking for specialty items for a party, there’s large scale rental items at this rental company, but you can also scoot in for supplies like balloons, paper products, coffee and paper straws to match just about any color scheme.
Rounding it all out is Fresh. Local. Good food group’s catering operations and corporate offices.
The restaurants all share a 9,000 square foot kitchen while being able to offer their distinct menus. “The shared economy of the kitchen gives us the chance to cross-utilize our staff. It’s efficient and cost-effective, but it also creates a sense of community, with is key to how I want to do business,” says Comer.
Wanna go? Morehead Foundry is located at 433 Spring Garden Street at Edgeworth Street near the Greenway. For more information visit freshlocalgoodfoodgroup.com.