For Southern Boys Concepts, which owns and operates five restaurants in the region, developing a culture of quality always has been a priority. As owners Tom and John Knorr worked with their chefs to develop the particulars of each restaurant, they retained an imprint that ran through all the company’s endeavors.
Although each place specializes in a different style and presentation, respect for the guest experience and a commitment to a spectacular culinary experience is present across the spectrum.
Since putting their own imprint on the Red Roost Crabhouse and Restaurant in 1996, Southern Boys Concepts has specialized in identifying a culinary niche and developing the restaurant around it. Boonies Restaurant and Tiki Bar in Tyaskin, for example, emphasizes the family night out experience both in its menu and pricing, while the upscale SoBo’s Wine Beerstro in Salisbury is a place for grownups to spend a quality night out.
Specific Gravity Pizzeria and Bottle Shop, which adjoins SoBo’s, specializes in what could be called the “everyday experience.” It is a place for people to stop off after work for drinks and a snack or to treat themselves to a better meal in a upbeat, fun atmosphere.
The Evo Public House, where Evolution Craft Beer is brewed, is an all-things-to-all-people spot combining the best aspects of gastro-pub with the style and service for which the entire restaurant group has developed a reputation.
As each of these restaurants has distinguished itself for specific guest experiences, but three in particular also have carved out another hospitality arts facet: event hosting.
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Building on the expectations associated with each, Boonies, Sobo’s, and the Public House have cultivated a distinction as places to host private and semi-private parties. Just as each of the restaurants appeals to a particular kind of night out, within each families, companies, and nonprofits can create the party they envision.
The Tiki Bar at Boonies is an ideal place to hold an informal get together while the weather’s fair but, as the holiday party season kicks into gear, any of the three can provide the kind of ambiance appropriate to a corporate function.
As the year winds down and small business owners are considering ways to recognize employees’ hard work, it is important to remember that giving people an experience often is a well-appreciated gift. Taking the opportunity to treat yourself and your guests to some of the finest food the area has to offer also can be a surprisingly affordable year-end decision.
Beyond providing a number of different options for holiday parties, the private dining room at SoBo’s can be configured to accommodate everything from small, important affairs like birthdays and weddings to upscale corporate lunches and receptions.
Places for Employee Parties
In addition to multiple configurations within the restaurant proper, the Barrel Room at the Public House always has been a preferred holiday party venue. Being connected to the Evolution Craft Brewing tasting room makes it an ideal place for the party to continue as an event ends. Increasingly, the Barrel Room is a popular place to hold intimate wedding receptions. In fact, many couples elect to be married in the rustic-themed space.
Nonprofits have found that support parties at these establishments always are well attended and the Southern Boys Concepts staff accommodating. A significant part of Southern Boys Concepts’ restaurant success is attributable to an efficient staff that is well informed about all aspects of the menu. Event planners Carol Morris and Danielle Murray have an even higher commitment to anticipating guest requirements. The competent staff of event professionals can help ease the pressure of hosting a party of any size. From happy hour to a five-course plated meal, they can prepare something custom to fit any budget.
The Bottom Line on Southern Boys Concepts
As their reputation for hosting events at their restaurants has increased, Southern Boys Concepts has expanded into its latest hospitality niche by offering off-premise catering revolving around the theme, “We bring our restaurants to you.” From smaller at-home affairs to major events in public places, Southern Boys Catering can help plan and execute private events. Drawing on the expertise of the entire company, Southern Boys Catering provides menu options beyond what many tend to expect from privately-catered events. The catering menu isn’t restricted to events in offices or private homes, though. It can be tailored to a holiday party or wedding at Boonies, SoBo’s, or Evo.
A version of this story originally appeared in the Metropolitan Magazine.