Hutch & Harris and Side Bar, its adjacent bar, have permanently closed.
Owner Greg Richardson confirmed the closing Wednesday.
Richardson had closed Hutch & Harris, at 424 W. Fourth St. downtown, in mid-June, saying at the time that it was temporary. “At that point, I was still hopeful we could turn it around,” he said.
He said two weeks ago that he was giving his head chef time to revamp the menu, which was to have been introduced with a reopening in July. Side Bar remained open during this time, but closed with no announcement on June 22.
Richardson said he had struggled with the decision and had been hoping to keep the restaurant open. He has two years left on his lease, but said that the restaurant is for sale.
Richardson added that his suppliers and his employees will be paid. “Today’s the final payday. I’m paying them in cash,” he said, referring to his employees.
He said he’s working on a way for people to redeem any outstanding gift certificates.
Richardson and his wife, Jennifer, opened Hutch & Harris in 2008. The restaurant was an early success in the city’s push to revitalize downtown.
Hutch & Harris was especially known for its Maryland-style crab cakes, a reflection of Richardson’s Maryland roots. Side Bar, which opened next door in 2015, was a popular spot for its cocktails and its raw bar.
Richardson took responsibility for the closing. “I left my hands off and wasn’t as involved with the restaurant as I should have been,” he said.
“There’s really several factors. There’s a lot of new competition. There’s the (Business 40) closing. Everybody’s struggling,” he said.
He said he’s grateful to the Winston-Salem community for his 11-year run.
“I’m sorry for the closing. But thanks to all of my customers for the support,” he said.
He said he doesn’t have any immediate plans other than selling the restaurant. Once he does that, he’ll take a short break before embarking on another venture. He wouldn’t rule out another restaurant. “That’s where my passion is,” he said.