Two restaurateurs will bring their skills to a larger stage in downtown Spartanburg.
RJ Rockers Brewing Co. announced Tuesday, Jan. 30, it has joined forces with Malcolm and Lexie Garrison, owners of HenHouse Brunch at 201 Wall St., Suite D, in downtown Spartanburg.
The Garrisons will shutter their restaurant and take the reins of the breakfast and lunch operations of The Silo, a new dining concept housed within RJ Rockers’ Brewery scheduled to open at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7.
“Lexie and Malcolm are restaurant industry veterans with tremendous talent,” said Clay McDonough, chef at The Silo, in a statement. “They are also my friends.”
“After a long day of cooking for a private event, I joked with them that they should just move HenHouse on over to The Silo so we could wash dishes together more often and they could have more room to spread their wings,” McDonough added. “Well, here we are. Their ideas marry so well with mine, and I look forward to sprinkling a little brewery flair into their amazing food.”
The Garrisons opened HenHouse Brunch on the ground floor of Spartanburg developer Royce Camp’s Wall Street Building in November 2016, taking over the 780-square-foot, 16-seat space originally occupied by Baguette & Co.
Camp said Tuesday he was aware of the couple’s decision and said there are already a few other tenants interested in the space. He said he is optimistic the space will be leased soon.
“You open a business with the hopes of watching it grow, and that’s exactly what happened to us,” Lexie Garrison said in a statement. “We are grateful for the tremendous support, and it was clear that our current location couldn’t keep up. The opportunity to join The Silo at RJ Rockers came together naturally, and this decision allows us to better serve our loyal customers.”
RJ Rockers said the Garrisons will build The Silo’s breakfast and brunch menu “using their own signature culinary style while keeping RJ Rockers beer and the feel of The Silo in the forefront.”
Malcolm Garrison, a 22-year veteran of the restaurant industry who previously served as the executive chef of the Greenville Marriott, said the move would triple the couple’s current capacity.
RJ Rockers unveiled The Silo in September as the inspiration behind a $1 million expansion of the brewery. The investment carved out 3,800 square feet of existing space for the 100-seat restaurant.
“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Malcolm and Lexie to the RJ Rockers team,” said John Bauknight, owner of RJ Rockers, in a statement. “Their approach to food aligns with ours, and we are thrilled to bring their expertise to The Silo at RJ Rockers.”
The Silo will serve a variety of beer-inspired dishes from 3-10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday.