With so many summer activities put on pause due to COVID-19, The Goodyear House is stepping up to provide your Saturday evening entertainment. Although new to NoDa itself, the restaurant is playing the hospitable neighbor by serving up a music series that will be delectable to both your taste buds and your eardrums. Let the summer social-distancing series commence!
A little history: shortly after opening its doors in February, The Goodyear House threw a block party-esque event. It was dubbed a Pig Pickin’ To Go-Go party with the neighborhood coming in and practicing social distancing while the restaurant staff maintained high southern hospitality. The star of the show was a slow-cooked heritage breed pig roasted over white oak and applewood, served with sides including grilled scallion potato salad, homemade mac and cheese, spaghetti squash casserole, and pickled farmer’s veg. Ummmm…can I just say, yum!
Now, after a seven-week siesta (#thanksCOVID19), the live music and to-go dining is back in motion. The Goodyear House wanted to return with that same energy that was experienced during the initial opening, so they held a second Pig Pickin’ event on May 2 with Fred Leeiv (Instagram: @fredleeiv) playing some sweet covers. The third installment on May 16 was dubbed the Bayou Blowout. Chef Chris Coleman provided some killer shrimp and okra gumbo, savory smoked chicken and andouille sausage, and some delicious, gourmet, housemade beignets. And local musician Grey Brewster (Instagram: @greybrewster) stepped up to the plate to keep the music scene going strong.
“We know that things haven’t been normal lately, and this is a chance for us to utilize the space we are fortunate to have and give back to our neighbors and the City of Charlotte,” The Goodyear House Manager Michael Murphy said. “We want to keep that block party energy going, and we really appreciate how much love the community showed us. This also gives us the opportunity to do what we love: provide great food and service to our neighbors.”
The Goodyear House is currently expanding its backyard patio space to host future community (and social distanced) events.
The restaurant is looking forward to offering a delicious spread with a side of great music as a way for neighbors to get outside while still being socially responsible. As of press time, the restaurant doesn’t have its next pig pickin’ or similar event planned, but will continue its music offerings on Saturday evenings (and of course pickup and delivery are everyday options!).
To keep up with the restaurant’s events and plans, check out its Facebook page.
Are you musically inclined and want to share your talents? Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.