– Von Lewis, co-owner of Baxter’s 1892 and singer of “Green Book”
HAYMARKET, North Carolina, USA, August 12, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — One of North Carolina’s most notable buildings is getting a facelift, and with it will come the sweet sounds of music and a delicious menu. Baxter’s 1892, located at 323 Pollock St. in historic downtown New Bern, has been under construction for years but will open in 2022. Register at www.baxters1892.com and be the first informed of the official opening date!
Baxter’s 1892 will be a venue for after-dinner musical entertainment serving premium cocktails, artfully crafted tapas and an exclusive space for private events. The owners plan to have weekly entertainment featuring everything from jazz to blues to easy listening.
Co-owners Tyler Griffin and von lewiswho first met while studying at East Carolina University, was always drawn to downtown New Bern but wanted more options to extend the evening.
Griffin is originally from North Carolina and has traveled the world for the past 12 years as an entertainment and hospitality consultant – with clients including Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Carowinds Amusement Park and Opening for Jimmy Buffett and Maroon 5 – before deciding to move to New Bern.
Lewis, who grew up around the Outer Banks, is part of the North Carolina-based singing duo Lewis n Clark with his wife Abbey. He has also acted in television and film, including playing the role of Bobby Rydell in the Oscar-winning film Green Book.
The two talked about opening a business for over a decade when they came across the perfect opportunity.
“We were looking around the area for a while,” Lewis said. “We were walking around and saw the Baxter building was available. It was too good to be true. This place is the perfect place for our dream.
The building was purchased in October 2019 and has since undergone a million dollar renovation.
The two work meticulously to retain as much of the original character as possible while updating the building, bringing everything up to code, sparing no expense.
Musical acts will perform on a new stage built above the front door, giving almost everyone in the building a priceless view.
“We have plenty of opportunities to ‘wow’ our audience,” Lewis said. “We are making a concerted effort to bring a different and exciting experience to New Bern.” They hired a professional lighting designer, Michael Shoaf of ECU School of Theater and Dance, to design a specific look for the venue.
“Our menu is also designed around how you want to feel,” Griffin said. “It’s designed to suit your mood or whatever you want it to be that night.”
Executive Chef Jordan Minshew will lead the kitchen. Minshew’s varied background includes serving as Bravo’s Top Chef chain Sous Chef Tom Colicchio at his flagship restaurant, Craft NYC. He was also a chef and kitchen manager at Chef and the Farmer and Boiler Room under Vivian Howard. Minshew has worked tirelessly to craft a tapas menu that will be unique to downtown New Bern.
Additionally, the bar program at Baxter’s 1892 will be led by Alex Norris. Alex, also from North Carolina, is currently head mixologist alongside Ashley Christensen, winner of the 2014 Best Chef Southeast and 2017 Eater’s Best Chef in the Nation awards.
Griffin also said he hired one of his contacts he met during his career to design the space sound, two-time Emmy Award-winning sound engineer Chuck Davis. Davis previously designed sound for the Grand Ole Opry and Walt Disney World, as well as several television programs.
“We designed the space with music in mind because of its unique architecture and layout,” Griffin said.
Griffin also said Baxter’s 1892 will be very different from anything New Bernese have seen downtown before. It was a tough culmination of three years of hard work and planning, but they wouldn’t have done it any other way.
“We took our time doing it because we wanted to do it right,” Griffin said.
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