Although the Pittsboro Roadhouse had not even completed its fourth month in business, their large Christmas float won first prize in the Siler City Christmas Parade. Bish Enterprises and Sage Academy PTSA also won awards.
The Chatham Chamber of Commerce announced the winners on their website: http://www.ccucc.net/
1st Place - Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store
2nd Place - Bish Enterprises
3rd Place - Sage Academy PTSA
"We were very excited to hear we'd won first place," said Maria Parker Lewis, wife of Pittsboro Roadhouse owner, Greg Lewis. "It was a complete surprise. We just put our imagination and hearts into the float, and had fun."
The Pittsboro Roadhouse float had three parts: a Christmas tree surrounded by presents and two children in Santa caps sitting nearby; the three characters on the logo playing their kitchen utensils as instruments;
Maria Parker Lewis and Assistant Manager Amber Walsh developed the float concept, and Amber and her husband Brian did the heavy lifting. Amber created the big full-head masks of the cook and two servers in the Pittsboro Roadhouse logo, and their larger-than-
"It was a lot of fun to do," said Amber. "I used insulation foam on the paper mache heads, then carved out the faces and painted them. It took about 5 days to perfect the look. My husband Brian is a carpenter, and he built the float's platform, the Christmas boxes, and other parts of the float." "We were both thrilled when we found out the float won first place," Amber continued.
When the Pittsboro Christmas Parade was over, the Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store held a community Christmas party, complete with a buffet, Christmas cookies, Christmas tree decorating, ornament making, face painting, Santa Claus and holiday song Karaoke with Raleigh Event DJ Brad Junell. Families and friends filled the spacious restaurant which has three main rooms and a store with hand made gifts and specialty food items. At one point the staff and owners of the Pittsboro Roadhouse stepped up on stage and sang "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". http://pittsbororoadhouse.com/
Guests came up to Pittsboro Roadhouse staff saying: "Thank you so much for this, it was wonderful." "This was amazing, our kids absolutely loved it." "We so appreciate what you've done for us."
Greg Lewis and his wife, Maria Parker Lewis, their three daughters, and extended family participated actively in the Christmas party, greeting guests, handing out decorations for the trees, or doing face-painting. "When we learned that the General Store Cafe had closed, it created a huge void in the community that we all felt," said Lewis. "Honestly, the main reason we started a new restaurant in this space is to continue the community tradition. Hosting this free Christmas party is part of that."
The General Store Cafe closed late in January 2012. The Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store opened almost 7 months later, on August 17, 2012, in the 39 West Street space, next to the Courthouse.
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• New Year's Eve Party
• First Monday Movie Night
• 1st and 3rd Wednesday Karaoke with Raleigh Event DJ
• 2nd and 4th Wednesday Open Mic with host Brad Junell
• Live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights
• Weekday $8.00 lunch specials including chips and soda or tea
• Fundraiser evenings on Mondays or Tuesday nights
• Meeting and gathering space in the spacious lounge
• Hand made gifts and crafts in the General Store
For more information visit http://www.pittsbororoadhouse.com or call 919-542-2432.