Spring 2002

Dear Neighbors, In this, our twelfth Neighborhood Letter, we’ll tell you about our upcoming “Guilt-Free” cooking class that features locally grown produce, how you can “Get Lucky & Go,” and we’ll share a delicious summertime recipe. We’ll also let you know about some upcoming special happenings where you can use our O.Henry Hotel as a luxury base-camp while you enjoy… Continue Reading Spring 2002

Winter 2001

Dear Neighbors, This year you’ll see an evolution in our Lucky 32 restaurants that will include a more comfortable décor and a more flavorful menu. We’ve already begun working on the décor and, because we’re staying open during this work, the process will take months. We’ll keep you posted, letting you know what we’ve done and what to expect. As… Continue Reading Winter 2001

Early Autumn 2001

Lucky 32’s July Farmers Market menu brought our initial plans to life. The outcome was so successful that we’ve been getting calls from farmers who want to know what they should plant for the fall harvest. With a bountiful harvest we’ll see another farm-based seasonal menu this autumn at Lucky 32. After a season of serving sweet onions, summer squash… Continue Reading Early Autumn 2001

Late Spring 2001

We are excited about our partnership with the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA), an organization that celebrates, teaches, preserves and promotes the diverse food cultures of the American South. The SFA sees food as vital in itself and as a clear, accessible lens through which infinite aspects of Southern culture may be viewed and embraced. We’d like to tell you more… Continue Reading Late Spring 2001

Spring 2001

Next, Billy and Bart gave ideas for preparing grits and polenta, including Green Valley Grill’s Expensive Mushrooms Over Fancy Grits. This dish featured Giacomo’s fragrant Italian sausage and grits from the Old Mill of Guilford (336-643-4738), an historic mill in Oak Ridge, NC that has been in operation, off and on, for over 200 years. The demonstration ended with two… Continue Reading Spring 2001

Autumn 2000

Now that the dust has settled after the thrilling experience of opening the O.Henry Hotel and Green Valley Grill, we’ve slowed down long enough to ponder our company’s future, and we’ve made some decisions. This winter we’ll begin construction on our new Lucky 32 in Cary (on Tryon Road, between US 1-64 and Kildare Farm Road). We’re not sure what… Continue Reading Autumn 2000

Early Summer 2000

We are honored and humbled to gain Four Diamond recognition from AAA in our first year. Only four full-service hotels in North Carolina are so recognized. Back to TopDine Outdoors!–Bart Ortiz The Green Valley Grill in Greensboro and the Lucky 32 restaurants in Raleigh and Winston-Salem offer outdoor dining. The full menu is available for both lunch and dinner at… Continue Reading Early Summer 2000

Autumn 1999

Variety: Over 50 wines with more than 25 by the glass and three half bottles are on the Lucky 32 list. Green Valley Grill features over 75 wines with more than 25 by the glass. Value: We look for great wines and good value and pass the value on to you. For instance, currently the 1988 Chateau Simard is $39… Continue Reading Autumn 1999

Spring 1999

In design, as well as function, the O. Henry reflects this grand earlier era – the comfortable elegance of the Arts and Crafts style, the use of classic North Carolina red brick, pine, and cast granite, and a meticulous attention to detail. These time-honored building traditions, when combined with the best modern technology, produce a hotel with the vitality to… Continue Reading Spring 1999

Summer 1998

So many people have asked about our new hotel and restaurant in Greensboro, that I decided to answer the questions en masse, via this neighborhood letter. So here goes… I guess this venture really got started when Nancy King (my wife) and I were fifteen years old. We both started our careers in the hospitality business: she with Disney in… Continue Reading Summer 1998