Reviving a Culinary Gem: Green River BBQ

The city of Saluda in Polk County, North Carolina, is home to a culinary institution with a rich history dating back to 1984. Green River BBQ has long been a beloved gathering place for locals and visitors alike, embodying the essence of traditional Southern hospitality.

Following the untimely passing of its previous owner, Green River BBQ faced uncertain times, temporarily shuttering its doors. However, that all changed with the arrival of Thomas and Brianne Haas, whose dedication and vision have breathed new life into this cherished establishment.

Partner Community Capital (PCAP), a Community Development Financial Institution committed to empowering communities through financial support, played a pivotal role in realizing the Haas couple’s dream. In early 2024, PCAP facilitated the purchase of Green River BBQ by the Haases, ensuring the continuation of this culinary gem for generations to come.

“The loan we provided was instrumental in facilitating the acquisition of both the real estate and business assets, ensuring a seamless transition and preserving the restaurant’s legacy in this community,” said PCAP Chief Lending Officer, Erika McGilley.

PCAP made the loan through its North Carolina Rural Business Builder program, a loan program designed to help entrepreneurs in rural Western North Carolina by providing affordable, flexible lending options and advisory services. The program is made possible through support from the Dogwood Health Trust. PCAP forgives 10% of the original amount after a predetermined period of successful repayment.

Additionally, PCAP’s support has allowed the couple to employ a staff of over 20 employees.

For Tom and Brianne, the acquisition of Green River BBQ represents more than just a business venture; it embodies a profound commitment to the community they love. Tom, renowned for his culinary work as a chef at Camp Greystone in nearby Tuxedo, has long harbored a passion for preserving the rich culinary heritage of Western North Carolina. Brianne, providing invaluable operational support, shares in Tom’s vision, bringing a blend of expertise and enthusiasm to their endeavor.

“The loan we provided was instrumental in facilitating the acquisition of both the real estate and business assets, ensuring a seamless transition and preserving the restaurant's legacy in this community,” said PCAP Chief Lending Officer, Erika McGilley.

“The outpouring of support from the local community serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of Green River BBQ. As we embark on this new chapter, we are filled with gratitude for the opportunity and support from PCAP,” Brianne said.

PCAP’s commitment to fostering economic growth and empowering entrepreneurs has once again proven instrumental in catalyzing positive change within the community.

“Through strategic investments and support, we are proud to continue to serve as a catalyst for transformation, empowering individuals like the Haases to turn their dreams into reality and write the next chapter in the story of Green River BBQ,” McGilley said.

To learn more about PCAP’s loan programs, including the North Carolina Rural Business Builder Loan, visit www.pcap.org

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