Stardust Site Imagery
The Stardust was the former restaurant that occupied the space. The building has been a restaurant since the mid-1940’s. It was previously the Charcoal House, a steak house. It is in need of lots of renovation, refurbishment and love.
Robert Portner Brewery
Until Prohibition, the largest brewery in the South was located near the restaurant site. In our attempt to represent the property’s history, I want to acknowledge the brewery.
Old Dominion Glass Co. & Lewis Hine
Old Dominion Glass was located near the restaurant site as well. It provided bottles to Portner Brewery and other local businesses. It was featured in Lewis Hine’s photographic works in 1911 as part of his effort to highlight child labor practices throughout the US. His work assisted in creating national child labor standards. In addition, it also showed that labor at the glass works was integrated during the early part of the 20th century. The Old Dominion Glass Co. burned down in 1925.
This place has influenced my effort to bring a Southern flavor to the restaurant. Now closed, this business served the local community around around Institute, NC for several generations. It was gas station, general store, and meeting house for the community. My hope is we can integrate those flavors into this restaurant as we go forward.
The Cheese Case
Never forget a sense of fun and humor