The iconic Home restaurant, which has been closed since October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will not reopen.
The Wingate family, who opened the family-style restaurant in Catawba in 1982, announced last week that the closure would be final. In a press release, they described it as a “bitter, sweet and emotional decision.”
“As a family, with extended family and friends included, we had many discussions, reflections, tears and laughter, as well as many prayers, trying to see the best path for the future of our business and our family as a whole, ”The Release States.
Homeplace initially closed in March in response to the pandemic. The restaurant started offering take-out in June and reopened its dining room in September.
But in October, the family announced they would be closing the restaurant for the rest of the year. At the time, they admitted that COVID-19 had hit the business hard.
The National Restaurant Association found in an April survey of the impacts of COVID-19 that approximately 90,000 food and beverage establishments remain completely closed, either permanently or for the long term.