Rick and Adam Wilson want to save their customers a drive. The father/son duo plans to open a second location of their Brevard restaurant, The Square Root, in Hendersonville later this month. “We have a lot of customers from Hendersonville that come into Brevard for our restaurant,” Rick says. “We think Hendersonville has a lot of the qualities that Brevard has. It's a small town, but it's a forward town.”
The Wilsons bought The Square Root three years ago, and under their management, voters in Xpress' Best of WNC poll have named it Brevard's best restaurant each year since. The eatery currently offers polished lunch and dinner service in downtown Brevard. They serve “relaxed American cuisine with a world view,” entrees such as softshell crab, chicken curry, butternut squash ravioli and an abundance of steaks in various cuts. The Hendersonville expansion will reflect the Brevard location’s menu in the center of the town at 111 S. Main St., the address formerly occupied by Square One Bistro.
But there's a key difference between the two locations: The Hendersonville space will offer something new to the area, a chef's table at which a small party of diners (probably two to four, Rick says) can experience the bustle of the kitchen up close. “They'll sit about 10, 15 feet away from the sauté chef and get to see all the fun cooking going on,” Rick says.
Adam, executive chef, has worked in kitchens with chef's tables in the past, and he said he's excited to offer one in his own restaurant. “It's a lot of fun getting to interact with the guests and them getting to sample the food and see the flames,” he says.
The large kitchen allows him to accommodate special projects like the chef's table, he says, and with the large kitchen comes a large dining room. The Hendersonville space will seat 139 guests, about twice as many as the Brevard restaurant.
The Wilsons began renovating the South Main Street space in late September, with special help from the third generation of Wilson restaurateurs, Adam's 15-month-old son, Devan. “He's the chef's helper,” Adam says. “It's something I would love to teach him if he wants to learn.”
The Wilsons hope to open the Hendersonville Square Root in mid-October. For more information about The Square Root, visit them at www.squarerootrestaurant.com.