High Point restaurateur Miro Buzov has signed a lease to open a new location of Penny Path Café & Crepe Shop on Trade Street in downtown Winston-Salem.
The original Penny Path Café & Crepe Shop in the heart of downtown High Point has become a destination in the midst of a district that is otherwise a culinary desert thanks to the dominance of the furniture market.
Buzov has been paying a monthly lease to property owner George M. Jacobs for a space on the 600 block of Trade Street in the Downtown Arts District of Winston-Salem for the past three months to secure the property. He said he plans to open the new location in four to six months, at which time he will sign an extended lease with Jacobs.
A classy hole in the wall cut out of the side of a downtown building, with a couple café tables outside and a penny-colored façade, the café in High Point draws a brisk lunchtime crowd with rave reviews for the Triad’s only crepes. With both sweet options (the classic Suzette, for example) and savory (the filling Kitchen Sink) part of the café’s appeal is the intimate setting with a counter wrapping around the open-air grill. The restaurant is unique in the Triad, but utterly anomalous in High Point, where furniture showrooms monopolize real estate in the central business district. The culinary scene is further hampered by the fact that wholesale buyers in town for the biannual furniture market are treated to lavish spreads by furniture exhibitors. (Ironically, the cafe’s rustic aesthetics benefit from Buzov’s experience as a showroom designer.)
Buzov has built up a brace of loyal customers from Winston-Salem who come to High Point for crepes, and the restaurateur has been talking about expanding to the larger city for months.
The Winston-Salem restaurant will be similar in concept, but slightly expanded and more refined, Buzov said.
“We’re going to have a kitchen there, so the menu is going to be expanded,” he said. “It’s a bit more space. It’s going to be a little more refined, but as far as the concept goes, it’s going to be exactly the same concept.”