The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Gaither's Was Brevard's Longest Operating Restaurant


February 20, 2017

Jimmy Gaither, second from left, and his staff at his Broad Street restaurant in 1951. Berry Gaither is on the far right.

Since the early 1900s, downtown Brevard has been home to numerous cafes and restaurants. The earliest mention of a local restaurant found in the Sylvan Valley News is for Jim Aiken's Restaurant and Bakery. Aiken was a prominent African-American businessman, with a general store on Main Street in Brevard. In 1903 Aiken added on to his store and began serving lunch. It apparently was particularly popular during court week.

Other early restaurant operators included A.B. Benjamin, G.F. Chapel, Ed Flack, Chester Gallamore and Spurgeon Osborne.

Osborne owned the Royal Lunch Room, which lat...

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