[Jan 10, 2018, 8:49 PM]
BURNSVILLE, N.C. – On a recent weekday, lunchtime diners fill Mountain Chef Bistro, downtown Burnsville’s newest restaurant. Business associates snag two-tops; couples on vacation enjoy a midday drink at the bar. Waiters in black attire with white aprons whisk in and out of the kitchen.
Mountain Chef Bistro opened March 13, and customers have consistently packed the cozy, 45-seat dining room. Chef Bill Konyok takes the rush in stride. The French-trained chef, who has worked in restaurants and catering in Florida and Nashville, thrives in a bustling kitchen. But a search for relaxation outside of work brought him from busy Nashville to peaceful Burnsville where he enjoys fishing and camping.
Restaurant co-owner Debbie Phillips is a longtime Burnsville resident, whom many might recognize from The 42nd Street Jazz Band, a popular local group. She saw a need in Burnsville for an upscale yet comfortable restaurant serving good, unpretentious food in a friendly setting.
“We’re excited to be part of the restaurant dynamic here,” Phillips says. “I feel like we have a little bit different atmosphere and ambience.”
Mountain Chef Bistro, located in the former Blind Squirrel Brewery building on Main Street, has a warm vibe with burgundy walls and wooden floors, chairs and tables. A farm table built by Phillips’ father anchors the dining room. Paintings by local artists line the walls. When the weather warms, sidewalk dining will be available out front.
The lunch menu lists soups, salads and sandwiches, while the dinner menu focuses on steaks, chicken, seafood and pasta dishes. Standouts include a Nashville hot chicken wing appetizer, New England-style fish and chips, fried chicken with a Belgian waffle, and shrimp with smoked Gouda grits. The restaurant’s blackboard lists an artisan pizza menu, and wine and beer are available. All desserts are homemade, including Chef Konyok’s signature key lime pie.
Hours for Mountain Chef Bistro are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit Mountain Chef Bistro’s Facebook page or call (828) 536-0014. To learn more about Burnsville, go to www.ExploreBurnsville.com.
Leah C. Hughes