RIBBON-CUTTING: Famous Toastery of Blowing Rock

RIBBON-CUTTING: Famous Toastery of Blowing Rock
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By David Rogers. December 2, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Advertised as a restaurant chain that doesn’t look or feel like a franchised operation, Famous Roastery opened in Blowing Rock last month and celebrated on Thursday with a Grand Opening, complete with a Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting. A couple of dozen Chamber members and town dignitaries were on hand for the event helping owners Dean and Beth Kessel, along with executive chef Scott Swanson as they were officially welcomed into the Blowing Rock business community.

The Kessels explained to Blowing Rock News that their latest start-up is their third Famous Toastery franchise, the others being in Cary and Asheville. Swanson serves as Executive Chef for all three “stores,” Dean Kessel explained, but is focused currently on getting the Blowing Rock edition of their restaurant group running smoothly, with a local management and service team.

Famous Roastery of Blowing Rock keeps regular hours daily for breakfast and lunch, and is available in the evenings for special events such as receptions, anniversary parties, and other many different types of special occasions.

Editor’s Note: Blowing Rock News will have an expanded story on Famous Roastery following an upcoming, in-depth interview with Dean Kessel.


About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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