The Jarrett House Inn and Restaurant will reopen for the 2014 season with a new partner, new look, and plans for a complete renovation in the near future.
Jim and Jean Hartbarger, owners since 1975, announced that Constantine Roumel, owner of nearby Nantahala Village and Resort and several other four- and five-star hotels and resorts, has joined the Jarrett House team as primary owner. The Hartbargers will continue to be involved in the daily business operations and as part owners and primary managers.
“This could not be a better result,” said Dillsboro Mayor Mike Fitzgerald. “The Jarrett House has long been an anchor for this town. It is wonderful that the Hartbargers will continue to be the face of the business and that Roumel’s investment and expertise will allow them to take the Jarrett House to a new level.”
While the tradition of good food, beautiful accommodations, and Southern hospitality will continue, several changes are already in the works, according to Jean Hartbarger. The lobby and interior spaces of the restaurant are receiving a facelift and the parlor is being transformed into an English Tea Room. While traditional favorites, such as chicken and dumplings and trout, will still be served, a Bistro is being added with new menu items. A separate entity within the Inn, the Bistro will feature a contemporary indoor/outdoor dining space with a lighter menu of pastas, salads, pastries, espresso and a full-service bar.
Roumel, 53, born on the Island of Crete in Greece resides in Europe, but spends much of his time in the United States where he has other business interests. His Southern regional offices are located in Atlanta, GA and Orlando, FL. Constantine is married to Adrianne Roumel-Kapodistrias, a linguist and university lecturer. They have two daughters, Katerina, a law student at the University of Kent, and Lambrini, a high school student.
“It is very exciting to participate in the renovation and refurbishing of The Jarrett House and be a part of this great community. I am truly grateful that everyone has embraced this project with such excitement and enthusiasm,” Roumel said.
The Jarrett House Inn was named to the National Register of Historic Places on March 1, 1984 and is one of the oldest operating inns in the region.
The Jarrett House Inn and Restaurant will reopen on Friday, May 2. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-586-9640.