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‘A’Fare’ with food brings new digs
Dinner A’Fare moves to new spot off West End Avenue, opens Café


Martina Kitts and Jackie King are hoping fans of their to-go dining concept, Dinner A’Fare, will follow them to a new space and get behind their new concept.

The pair is relocating and reopening Dinner A’Fare at a space in West End, at the intersection of Concord Road and Kingston Pike.

And they’re adding a dine-in option for breakfast and lunch — Blue Sky Café.

“We were looking to expand ... We were doing a little bit of catering and trying to expand that a bit, but over there [in Turkey Creek] we didn’t have a full kitchen or anything, so it was limited on what we could do,” Kitts said.


“Then we found out about this space,” she added.

Kitts and King are setting up shop in the former Gondolier space, which has been a kind of revolving door for restaurants in recent years.

But the pair aren’t worried about their customers coming to them.

“We have a very loyal base of customers here, and friends. We get to know them and it’s part of what makes it fun,” King said.

Kitts said it was important that a new location remain close to the Dinner A’Fare’s previous location off Parkside Drive, where Kitts and King did business for more than four years.

“With the Dinner A’Fare already being established, the closer we could stay to where we were already grounded was the best choice,” Kitts said.

Blue Sky Café, the pair’s new concept, will serve breakfast and lunch, featuring a few familiar dishes to Dinner A’Fare customers, but plenty of new things to try.

Kitts called the cuisine Southern gourmet.

“We’ll be serving our quiche from the Dinner A’Fare and a few meals from there, just so people are introduced to it. But it’s a mixture and a wide variety of foods.

“We’ll have crepes and omelets and eggs Benedict and fresh baked goods everyday. Fresh pies and cakes,” Kitts said. Lunch options will include chicken salad, chicken potpie and a daily blue-plate special of meat and two sides. The restaurant also will serve beer.

“And it will be affordable,” King said.

In addition, the restaurant will have a to-go section stocked fresh each morning for children or parents coming to or from the schools up the hill.

“Parents could actually let their kids out in that front foyer, and they just run in and order right there and it be ready to go,” she said.

Kitts said the restaurant will make everything fresh and from scratch — including everything from salad dressings to bread. The pair have hired chefs Jason Hayes and Christina Horne.

Finally, Kitts and King are looking to expand their catering business, and can accommodate groups large or small, on location or at Blue Sky Café.

Café hours will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the restaurants, 138 West End Ave., call Blue Sky Café at 865-671-2583 or Dinner A’Fare at 865-671-0670.

 

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