HUTCH & HARRIS

Diners at Hutch & Harris in downtown Winston-Salem dine on the sidewalk in 2011.

Hutch & Harris restaurant on Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem has temporarily closed its dining room.

A sign posted on the restaurant’s door Monday said that Hutch & Harris’s dining room will be closed for the rest of the month but that the SideBar, a connected bar and restaurant next door, would remain open.

Greg Richardson, the owner of Hutch & Harris, said the temporary closing was part of an effort to “regroup” the restaurant with a new chef taking over and some changes to the menu.

“For years Hutch & Harris has been a staple of the Fourth Street scenery,” he said. “We have enjoyed much success and owe that to the Stevens Center, the Hanesbrands Theatre, Benton Convention Center, and locals.

“We have watched the revitalization of downtown Winston-Salem, and we simply want to keep pace with the continuing growth and changes we are seeing. We feel like the best way to do this is to allow our new chef the opportunity of creating a new menu for our customers.”

The anticipated reopening date is July 5.

The restaurant’s new chef is Michael Bullock, who has been employed at the restaurant for about four years. Richardson said that Bullock is “working diligently to keep your favorite selections why embracing the tastes and flavors of newly inspired dishes.”

Some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, including crab cakes and shrimp salad, and daily specials, will remain.

“We are anticipating a new menu rollout soon,” Richardson said. “In the meantime, the dining room of H&H is closed. Please continue to enjoy your favorite cocktails at the SideBar. The raw bar remains open, and we are looking forward to relaunching soon.”

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