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Gaither's Restaurant Was A Popular Local Gathering Place For Holidays And More

Picturing The Past  


Last updated 12/22/2020 at 10:08am

Photo negative of Gaither's Restaurant on South Broad Street, 1958.

For 37 years – from 1940 to 1977 – Gaither's Restaurant, also known as "The Grill," "Gaither's Grill" or simply, "Gaither's," offered tasty food and good cheer to western North Carolinians. Owned and operated by James "Jimmy" C. Gaither of Statesville, N.C., and later on, his wife, Addie Boykin, of Middlesex, N.C. (they married in 1958), Gaither's still holds the record of being the longest continually operating restaurant in downtown Brevard. In a 1972 interview with The Transylvania Times, Jimmy Gaither, who by then was an established figure in the local food business, shared his moti...

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