Restaurant, high-end butcher coming soon to Winston-Salem
An elegant dining space and high-end butcher shop are slated to open in Winston-Salem later this year by the owners of Wine Merchants and Vin 205 Wine Bar. Local foodies are already familiar with what they believe is one of Winston-Salem’s hidden gems—Vin 205—with its chef-driven menus, creative wine dinners, and Saturday and Sunday brunch. In the coming months, a new concept will begin taking shape on Broad Street in downtown Winston-Salem.
Business partners Caleb Flint and Alan Miller have been curating their small wine shop along with its restaurant next door for a number of years now. But Flint has always had a fire in his belly to do something a bit more, highlight local producers, and give Winston-Salem something it lacks.
“This has been a project that Alan and I have been working on since 2013 with a desire to open a butcher shop, but then the idea evolved into merging it with Vin 205 and Wine Merchants.”
Two concepts, two levels, one location with a parking lot—something that many downtown restaurants wish they could boast. Flint said in order to accomplish what they wanted, they had to find a new neighborhood, and it’s no surprise that downtown was an enticing location.
“We really liked that area between 2nd and 6th Streets on Broad Street, and we found a location at 215 Broad.”
The pair began the agonizing permitting process, and they finally see their ideas take shape. Demolition at the property is underway with a buildout to begin in about a month. The name of the restaurant will be called Cleave & Cork.
“This concept will be casual fine dining designed around plates to share, which we feel has been something we haven’t seen enough in Winston-Salem,” Flint said. The restaurant will seat about 100.
In the lower level of the building, C & C Market & Goods will house a long-awaited butcher shop, along with a wine shop, high-end gourmet market, and a bakery and deli. This concept has actually been slowly making its name known at Winston Junction Market since last spring, and Flint said they were ready to take the idea and expand it. Customers will find grab-and-go foods, quick meals that you can take with you, like sandwiches, poke bowls, soup and baked goods.
“We think downtown is ready for a butcher shop that also includes a small market like we’re envisioning.”
C & C Market Goods will have a separate entrance than the upstairs restaurant with the idea being to cater to their traditional customer and their usual experience.
“People who are shopping for wine will still be able to pull in, buy their wine and their other items, and get back in their car and go,” Miller added.
In both concepts, but particularly the market, Flint said they plan to focus strongly on local purveyors.
“We’ll continue to work with Joyce Farms because they are right here in our back yard. We’ll find the best local seafood and pork products as well as beef when we can,” Flint said, adding that the new shop would allow them to process their own meats. “As an extension of the butcher shop, we want to make our own sausage, bologna, or corned beef in addition to supporting our local providers.” (The restaurant will also feature cuts of meat from the butcher shop.)
Flint and Miller are encouraged by the current re-opening of Salem Parkway as well as new and established residential housing in the neighborhood, which makes their location very walkable.
When Cleave & Cork and C & C Market & Goods open, Vin 205 will close its doors at its South Stratford location, but their staff, including Chef Justin Pinch, will be there for the transition.
“It’s been a long time coming between zoning and design,” Flint said. “Being a developer, there’s a lot of waiting and chasing, but we’re finally ready to make this dream a reality.”
Kristi Maier is a food writer, blogger and cheerleader for all things local who even enjoys cooking in her kitchen, though her kidlets seldom appreciate her efforts.
Later this year, Cleave & Cork, C & C Market & Goods will be located at 215 Broad St., Winston-Salem. Until then, Wine Merchants and Vin 205 Wine Bar are still located at 205 S. Stratford Rd.