Positively Hospitable

June 6, 2011

I’m still chipping through a massive owner to-do list. Including payroll, Quickbooks, ordering retail and more.

And my gosh, don’t ever count money when you’re cranky and hungry! Especially when you get a negative number where you shouldn’t. Now that was confusing. Got it all figured out though!

Snick-snacks!

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I brought in some watermelon we had at home, and ate a slice of High Five at Five!

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We wrapped up around 7 (after a frustratingly long reconciliation) and went out for one last dinner before Jason heads back to ye ole Montana.

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Downtown was bumpin’ for a Monday night! Charlottesville’s downtown is always wildly alive. That’s why I love it!

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We landed at a new place called Positively Fourth Street, which used to be called Enotecca. It was a wine bar with small plates and now it’s a full-service restaurant after a renovation.

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Much to our disappointment, it was CLOSED! But we found this out after walking in and realizing a private party had just ended.

The food was still out…

And the staff invited us to nibble away!

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The gorgeous platter of roasted veggies was just what I would have waited 30 minutes for in a restaurant! We were absolutely stoked!

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The Black Eyed Pea hummus was some of the best I’ve ever had. It tasted almost…cheesy? Like brie. Loved it!

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And the Smoked Mushroom Tarts…oh my! We really hit the jackpot!

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The staff was so welcoming (even when we descended upon the food like starved vultures) and we bought a drink at the bar to have with our dinner.

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I had a few small plates of veggies, some flatbread and hummus, a few mushrooms tarts and a mini [grass-fed, local!!] beef slider.

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Thank you so much to Positively Fourth and our friend the server Sarah for the hospitality! We can’t wait to go back soon.

I biked home while Matt and Jason went out for a Spice-a-Rita.

After such a long day, part of you wants to go home and get in bed. But the other hand wants to party! It’s hard to choose, so tonight I did a little of both.

I’m kind of starting to miss formal workouts. I gotta get to Body Pump soon or my muscles will shrink!! I’m staying the whole 12 hour day again tomorrow, but hoping to back off a wee bit (to 3/4 of the day!) by the end of the week. We’ll see how much Matt needs me!

Nite!

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1 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) June 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Free food?! Exhilarating! We’ll have to start doing squats and lunges in the back with bread as dumbbells. Bread Pump!!

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2 KathEats June 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Haha!

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3 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food June 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm

how nice of the staff to invite you to dig in! C ville sounds so lovely I want to go back!

Hope you can get into a shorter day soon, that is long! Best wishes!

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4 Lauren June 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Where do you do Body Pump in Cville? I would love to try it this summer…..:D

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5 KathEats June 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm

At ACAC – which is unfortunately a bit expensive

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6 Lauren June 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Oh….I think my grandparents belong there! I am definitely going to try it then. I am lucky to have them living in Charlottesville!

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7 Lauren June 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Oh….I think my grandparents belong there! I am definitely going to try it then. I am lucky to have them living in Charlottesville. Thanks Kath!

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8 Lauren June 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Wooops….i must have hit submit twice. Sorry!

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9 KathEats June 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Oh good!! I bet they can get you in!!

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10 Danielle @ FoodBoogie June 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Wow, those are some pretty awesome leftovers to stumble into! Answering your reply to my comment on a post from Saturday haha: yes, Allison and I are both RDs! We met in our internship and both ended up moving to DC afterward. We also did get the black bean and corn relleno at Zocalo and it. was. heaven. Thanks for the rec! Hoping to make a trip down to Cville again this summer to visit more wineries and breweries but we’ll definitely see you at HLS! :)

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11 KathEats June 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm

HLS! Yay!! Definitely come back. Maybe I can take off and go wine tasting with y’all!

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12 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing June 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Whoa. That is amazing. Go Positively Fourth!

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13 Angela June 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I used to work at a fast food restaurant, and I don’t miss handling a cash drawer at all! It is so frustrating when the numbers don’t reconcile, or when something’s missing, or when you get counterfeit money. Glad it worked out, and you seem to have great employees too!

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14 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm

oh free food ALWAYS tastes better ;) Esp when you don’t have to do any dishes or cleanup!! And yah, nice, traditional workouts always feel good b/c it is so routine and normal! <—you'll be back before ya know it.

I am usually a sleeper, not a party animal. hah

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15 Allison @ Can't Wait For Breakfast June 6, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Got to love free food! I think it actually tastes better! haha! Got my ticket to my first HLS!! So excited!

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16 Maria June 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Wow, free food! Lucky you!! Check out my blog, Beautiful Busy Bee.

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17 Glo June 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for over a year, and I love the story that is unfolding with the bakery! It’s like a reality tv show, but way cooler :D

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18 Heather June 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm

That looks like amazing free food! What a great find.

I have a week like yours – with 12-15 hour days in 2 weeks – I give myself the week off figuring I am on my feet enough to compensate.

Hopefully by the end of the week, you will get into more of a routine!

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19 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Black Eyed Pea hummus sounds divine and all the food looks amazing! Including the watermelon. Ive been going to town on w-melon lately myself.

And what serendipity that a party was just ending, with all that food, and the staff invited you in to help polish things off…wow….that’s awesome luck!

And it looked like a stellar spread!

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20 Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm

How lucky to have been let in! And even more lucky how hospitable the server was! I’m a server and I know people who come in late realllly annoys my co-workers but how sweet of the server!

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21 Baking 'n' Books June 6, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Wow – that is hospitable – I don’t know if big cities would do that! What a lucky spread too!

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22 hippierunner June 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Kath, why did you take a picture of that suspicious looking trio?! Bahaha, I love how they’re looking around like that. And I totally want to eat that plate of roasted veggies, it looks amazing!!

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23 KathEats June 7, 2011 at 7:03 am

I was just trying to get a photo of downtown and they popped into the photo!! :)

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24 Jamie June 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm

If Matt needs you? So, he’ll be staying 12 hours every day no matter what? What if Matt wanted to go do BodyPump? It hardly seems fair that he gets up in the middle of the night to bake bread while you sleep later and get to bike to the bakery.

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25 JenATX June 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm

they’re married- I’m sure they know what is fair between them :)

And I’ll have to try Black Eyed Pea hummus… anything cheesy sounds awesome

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26 Christine June 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I am sure they have worked out a work schedule that works for both of them . . . remember Kath also runs this blog (which is her business as well).

Sounds like a fabulous dinner!!

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27 Amanda June 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Have you ever written a blog? Have you ever written one in which you were paid for? Her blog business also takes time and is the way they were able to support themselves during the process of opening the bakery! From what I have read, this is Matt’s adventure and Kath is a supportive/helpful wife who also has her own career!

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28 Rachel June 7, 2011 at 6:57 am

Cali.. I love how you left two rude comments on the post and yet might as well be anonymous since you didn’t link yourself. It always takes balls to hide behind a computer.. well done.

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29 jenna k June 8, 2011 at 12:17 am

kath posted awhile ago that she would be working more at first and then tapering down to working less once things calmed down. they have a full staff, so i’m sure they’re working it out between all of them.

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30 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn June 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Talk about a sweet deal!! Those veggies look beautiful, I can’t wait for my grill to be all set up so I can grill some veggies and FISH!

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31 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen June 6, 2011 at 9:19 pm

That’s amazing!! So hospitable! It’s nice to know there are people and restaurants like that out there!

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32 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 6, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Free food tastes even better! :) That was a TON of leftovers.

I bet they did put cheese in the hummus – one of my favorite local restaurants purees artichokes and goat cheese into their hummus and it’s heavenly.

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33 Namaste Gurl June 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Mmmm- everything looks yummy and how kind that was to give you that free food! :)

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34 Molly @ RDexposed June 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I love small plate restaurants! You are able to try more food!

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35 Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I’d love to live in a town with an actual night life beyond drunk college kids at bars..

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36 kaila @ healthy helper! June 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Free dinner!?!?!?! That is so awesome!!! What a great restaurant!! And everything looks so yummy to! Black eye pea humus is delish! I had it at a cafe a few weeks ago!

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37 melissa June 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm

wow, that’s good timing. looks amazing

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38 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 6, 2011 at 10:04 pm

That dinner is like hitting the lotto! How awesome they just let you guys go to town on all that food!

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39 staceyhealthylife June 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Wow 12 hr days that’s a super long day. One day you’ll have a normal structured life again.

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40 Holly @ The Runny Egg June 6, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Hopefully with time you won’t have to be at the bakery all the time — but at the same time I’d probably want to be there all the time — it is the control freak in me!

That is awesome that you got free food!

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41 Justeen @ Blissful Baking June 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Free food is the best! The black eye pea hummus sounds especialy yummy :)

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42 jaclyn June 6, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Kath,believe it or not, i envy you. Ur doing what you love – opening a bakery! If ever great harvest comes to malaysia,i’d definitely b one of the first to open up one! I just want to do what i love,and stuck behind a desk job is not. I hope i can do what i love one day,and am inspired to achiece that thro your posts!

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43 Angel7 June 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Awesome array of veggies!

The Smoked Mushroom Tarts look so yummy!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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44 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 6, 2011 at 10:59 pm

That’s a sweet move by the restaurant :) I love hearing great customer service stories!

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45 lynn @ the actor's diet June 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm

scooooore!

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46 Hannah June 6, 2011 at 11:15 pm

I miss downtown C’ville! I never got to eat smoked mushroom tarts there :P

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47 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 6, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Charlottesville looks so beautiful! I would love to live in a city that has such a beautiful downtown area :)

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48 Khushboo June 6, 2011 at 11:45 pm

What amazing hospitality..and luck! They also lucked out in that all their fantastic food is featured on your blog :)!

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49 Ashley June 6, 2011 at 11:52 pm

That’s so amazing about the dinner. Way to be in the right place at the right time. The food sounds incredible! Rest those feeT! :)

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50 kris (everyday oats) June 7, 2011 at 12:27 am

Wow, what a great dinner! I’m so impressed by all that cville has to offer…so many amazing restaurants and bars!

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51 Laura (Starloz) June 7, 2011 at 1:29 am

oh boy, the free food look splendid.

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52 Amanda Jewell June 7, 2011 at 3:05 am

Well, someone was obviously “winning” tonight! :-) Free, delicious, healthy food? JACKPOT!
I feel, as a concerned citizen, that every restaurant should do this ;-)

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53 Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East June 7, 2011 at 3:49 am

Looks like it was definately your lucky night! Great food and for free! Cant beat that!

Wish we had a great downtown like yours! Definately jealous!

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54 Cait @ Beyond Bananas June 7, 2011 at 4:45 am

I really admire you for opening your own business.. there is so much that goes on behind the scenes.. that we don’t really see on the outside. Lots of hardwork.. but looks like it is defintely worth it!

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55 skinny latte June 7, 2011 at 5:12 am

Positively 4th Street is one of my favourite Bob Dylan songs :)

Sounds like the name suits the place perfectly, what a friendly and warm welcome – just what you’re creating for people in the bakery I’m sure.

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56 KathEats June 7, 2011 at 10:26 am

I didn’t realize it was a song!!! Makes more sense now :)

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57 Mary Frances June 7, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Great musician, artist and poet… some people might say they don’t like his music or don’t even know it; but if you listen, look at the lyrics and learn the timeline of his life and music, you will have a new appreciation for the history of music and what it is today.

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58 Lauren June 7, 2011 at 5:53 am

Wow, that is truly a sign of a great restaurant. And I have a feeling you guys will definitely be back, so it was totally worth it for them to be so hospitable.

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59 Hillary June 7, 2011 at 5:55 am

I totally hear you on missing formal workouts. Mine have suffered since my grad school summer semester started up again; it’s so hard to find time in the day to do everything you want to do!

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60 anna June 7, 2011 at 6:08 am

I got good at counting money/doing math on a tired, malnourished brain by working at a bread shop! (well, I wouldn’t say I’m good at it… maybe used to it) I hear you on the frustration when you come up short!

And wow, what an amazing encounter with the free deliciousness. What nice people :)

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61 Christine @ Burning It Off June 7, 2011 at 6:19 am

What is wrong with the people at that party leaving all that delicious food behind?? Oh well, score for you guys lol…

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62 Sarah June 7, 2011 at 7:04 am

How awesome is that?! Some of the food looked like it wasn’t even touched! Hard to believe, since the food looked absolutely delicious.

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63 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey June 7, 2011 at 8:28 am

Those roasted veggies look amazing!
Hooray for free food and awesome hospitality!

C’ville looks like Asheville to me. :)
(is that a fair comparison? I’ve never been to C’ville, but love Asheville and used to live there. They seems to have very similar vibes…).

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64 Julie June 7, 2011 at 8:42 am

enjoyed the use of the term snick-snack in this post. thought I was the only one that used it!

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65 Meg June 7, 2011 at 9:07 am

A belated congrats for opening the bakery- I can’t wait to come down sometime soon :)

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66 Erica June 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

I must say that I love being able to “watch”, err read, your adventures in business! From the site selection to the grand opening and beyond, it’s been a pleasure to follow along. Keep up all the great, and HARD, work you two! I see great things in your future:-)

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67 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 7, 2011 at 9:26 am

That’s a story book ending: Free party food after a long day! How awesome is THAT? Very. :) It looked delish.

So glad you’re enjoying one of the greatest times in your life!

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68 Amanda (Eating Up) June 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

What timing! That all looks delicious.

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69 P4St chef June 7, 2011 at 10:16 am

Nope, no cheese in the hummus

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70 Lara @ Treslala June 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Any chance you’d share a bit of the recipe? :)

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71 Becky June 7, 2011 at 11:28 am

My husband and ate here last Sunday! We got the Black Eyed Pea hummus also and loved it! We came in from Columbus OH to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway and reading your blog inspired us to stay in Charlottesville for a night. What a great town! I can see why you love it so much!

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72 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 7, 2011 at 11:32 am

What great timing! I can’t believe you guys got all that for free!

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73 Marjie June 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Silly question:
The roasted veggies, were they served cold.
The reason for this silly question; i LOVE cold roasted veggies and thought of serving them along side other un-roasted veggies at my daughters wedding reception but did not know if it was ok to serve them cold/room temp. I want to serve them just like shown in your picture also with hummus, cheeses, fruit etc.

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74 KathEats June 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Yes, they were cold and still good!

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75 Lara @ Treslala June 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Aaaaah! I simply cannot stand for you going to all these amazing restaurants, in my favorite town, that I don’t even know exist! WHY don’t I live in C’ville anymore?!?! Definitely need to plan a trip to visit — sad that I missed my 10 yr reunion this weekend… (PS – How was Reunions weekend for the bakery? Any drunken UVA Alum looking for bread?!? Ha!)

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76 KathEats June 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm

No drunks that I saw :)

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77 Meredith June 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I’ve only eaten at P4St once but it is definitely a new fave! I’m so glad you had Sarah – <3 her! She always had the best wine recommendations when it was Enoteca! (most of the staff is the same)

I also didn't realize the name is a song! I guess that's not too surprising since it's owned by the town "music mogul" :) You should check it out on some Thursdays when Sam Wilson is playing acoustic guitar (if you like live music), it definitely adds to the atmosphere!

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78 KathEats June 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I love live music :)

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79 jenna k June 8, 2011 at 12:15 am

those pictures remind me of downtown knoxville!

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