Nathan Lowe, his wife Michaela, her mother Cindi Layman and stepfather Dave Grant, took over the Imperial as a joint venture, or, family business. Owning a restaurant has been a dream for Nathan Lowe, who has an education centered in entrepreneurship and plenty of restaurant work experience. Dave is an experienced restaurant professional after working as a chef at the popular Clyde restaurant, Blue Rooster. Cindi has worked at Bogart’s in Waynesville for 14 years. The Imperial is one of the prettiest buildings in Canton and will alone attract people, but our goal is to give people a reason to come back. Although a few favorites from The Imperial restaurant will remain on the menu, there will be several other popular Southern items added to the menu. We want pretty much everything to be fresh and from scratch; so we’re trying to use as many local things as possible. From shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes to fried chicken and hearty dishes using local beef from Rice Family Farms in Haywood County, the menu will have a little bit of everything. We want to give restaurant visitors an experience that makes them feel like part of the family. When people come here we want them to know we appreciate them. At least one of the four owners will always be in the restaurant at all times and we will always thank them for being here.
- By Becky Seymour
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