We’ve been hearing rumors for months that the Greenhouse Grille is moving to a new building in the Mill district, and into a space large enough for a 175-200 seat music venue.
Today we found out that the rumors are true.
Starting next week, owners of the Greenhouse Grille will begin the remodeling process on the building that is currently Wilma’s, formerly La Maison de Tartes, and will relocate into the building in the next few months.
Clayton Suttle, one of the owners of Greenhouse Grille, has big plans for the new space.
“We’d like to be able to do jazz diners, bluegrass brunches, kid’s talent shows, etc. while the restaurant is open. And then from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am we’ll have a full-on music venue with local, regional, and national acts.” Suttle told us.
Suttle knows the local music scene well. He is the drummer for Fayetteville band Echobase, as well as one of the creators of the Great Unknown Music Festival.
“We’re hoping to put a wide variety of stuff in the club, mostly music that we like. Jam bands, indie rock, jazz, reggae, funk, folk, and bluegrass. That type of thing…We’d like to be able to show movies, and do dinner and a movie sometimes, or open it up to guest speakers from the community.”
Clayton says that after 10:00 when the space becomes a venue, “bar food” will still be available from the kitchen. The space, which is another example of some of the cool things happening in the mill district right now, has a lot of potential.
“We haven’t started planning what colors to paint, or where the stage will go or anything yet.” Suttle said. “Eventually, we’d like to have a nice patio out back right on the bike trail. There’s plenty of nice grassy space out there, and we could put in some bike racks.”
Wilma’s will begin moving out of the space on Monday, and renovations will begin soon thereafter. Early plans are for the move and re-opening to happen sometime in early to mid August.