The story behind Broad Street Bistro is the perfect example of overcoming challenges and making lemonade out of life’s lemons.
Sarah Horner has always enjoyed customer service and working with the public. When she was told she could no longer work due to some severe health issues, she made the decision that she would not let that stop her “hunger to serve.” After investing with a friend in a turnkey café, she realized she could do this while maintaining the health issues that limited her. Opening Broad Street Bistro was an outlet for her to serve, as well as share her passion to eat clean. Through her health battles, she has learned how to make healthy, clean, non-processed food that still tastes great! And now, she has a way to share that with the people of Statesville.
When asked why she decided to open a restaurant in Downtown Statesville, her answer was, “I didn’t choose Statesville. It chose me.” After looking at many small towns, she visited her brother who lives in Statesville, and decided to come Downtown on a whim. She knew immediately it was just right for this new endeavor.
Sarah strives to make most of the food from scratch using as many local products as possible. So far, customers really enjoy the Cali club and Avocado chicken salad. Sarah encourages people to share their wants and wishes with her and to let her know what they would like to have. She purposefully kept the menu basic so that daily specials can be whatever the community desires. “We truly care. What you eat, what you want, what we can improve. We want to be that spot that makes you feel better by the time you leave. We will be Statesville’s extended family.”
Broad Street Bistro seems to be off to a great start. When asked what the Bistro will look like in 5 years, Sarah said, “I hope to be farming most of the seasonal produce myself. I see me being a part of the lives of the people I serve, and them being a part of mine. I love the people of Statesville and I really see us becoming their neighborhood bistro.”