January 18, 2021 Update: Taking a Winter Break
Sunny Point Café will be closed January 19 – February 3, 2021
With the increase of COVID-19 cases in our community and new limits on dining, we feel it is an appropriate time to take a break and close for a few weeks. This time away will provide our staff with a much needed break from their tireless contributions. It is our hope that during this time our community COVID-19 numbers will go down and many will receive the vaccine thus making it a safer spring for all.
We look forward to reopening February 4, invigorated for the new challenges that 2021 will bring. Until we see you again…Stay safe! Wear a mask! Be kind!
July 20, 2020 Update: Outdoor Dining
We – owners and staff alike – have been working hard to get our outdoor spaces ready to serve you in a safe and welcoming manner. Many of you have already come for takeout and enjoyed your meals in our recently covered area or in the garden at our new picnic tables. We have already gotten some wonderful feedback on our Julia Child and Edna Lewis murals (Thank you, Gus Cutty!).
While we wish we could open the restaurant doors, the space is simply too confined for us to feel we can offer you our service while still maintaining proper spacing and safety, so for the time being we will be outside in the fresh air enjoying a picnic at our socially-distanced tables.
Our staff will continue to follow all recommended safety guidelines including masks and gloves, sanitizing surfaces, and, of course, frequent hand washing. They are checked daily for temperature and other symptoms before they begin their shifts. We do this not only to keep you safe but to keep them safe as well.
Here is where you, our wonderful customers, come in. We expect you to wear a mask too when entering our dining spaces and when moving around in them. If you have seen the sign in our waiting area you may think of this as another one of our playground rules. This keeps you safe, keeps the other guests safe, and keeps our staff that has been working extraordinarily hard for you safe. Anybody arriving without a mask will be provided one and asked to wear it. While you are at your table you may remove it, though it would be really helpful if you wear it while talking to your server. Miss Manners would approve.
The patience and support of our customers throughout this event has lifted our spirits in ways we couldn’t have imagined, and we are grateful for all of you. We will get through this if we all do our part. Be safe, be kind, and wear your mask. By the way, a mask should cover your mouth AND your nose. Think Spiderman, not Batman.
May 22, 2020 Update: Phase 2
Sunny Point Café has always been a family place — a place owned and operated by family, a place where staff becomes family, and a place where customers are part of an extended family. As such, we care deeply for the health and safety of our staff and community. We are following current guidelines from the CDC and Buncombe County Health Department with our staff, but don’t feel that we can safely open the doors to the public at this time.
We’ll continue to offer meals to go, both cooked to order and Heat & Eat Comfort Meals, as we carefully look at our options.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate this ever changing situation.
May 20, 2020 Update
We would like to take a moment to let our community know how grateful we at Sunny Point Café are for your support and patience over the last five weeks.
We have struggled, along with so many other independent restaurants in this country, to try and figure out how to reinvent ourselves to survive and continue to serve you in these difficult times. We are just one of many small business, but we are fortunate to be located in West Asheville and have so much neighborhood support.
What our crew has done during this time is just short of what it takes to open a new restaurant. It has been a daunting task, and we are amazed and honored to work with such a great group of people who take so much pride and care in their work. We have juggled how to remain open while providing a safe work environment for our crew and the public in our tiny little restaurant. We are providing facemasks and daily health screenings for our staff and following the Buncombe County Health Department’s protocols for hand washing and social distancing.
Through this challenging time we have continued our commitment of providing comfort food from dawn to dusk. On May 20, we returned to offering cook-to-order meals, including our most popular menu items, seven days a week. We also continue to offer Heat & Eat family dinners so that you can enjoy a taste of Sunny Point in the safety of your homes with your loved ones. All menu items are available for pick up or delivery with online and contactless ordering. Visit us at www.sunnypointcafe.com for menu and ordering details.
Our hope is to open up patio seating, at a much lower capacity, in the near future and add more outdoor dining space so we can get back to serving creative dishes made from our garden, in real time, to you, because we miss you!
We don’t know exactly what the future of dining with us looks like yet, but we are really looking forward to sharing it with you.
Really, this is just a note to say thank you so much for your support. We are appreciative of this awesome community we live and work in on a daily basis.
Take care, and stay safe. We look forward to seeing you soon.
We love you!
– April Moon Harper & Belinda Raab
Co-owners, Sunny Point Café
April 1, 2020 Update
Hello everyone. Thanks for all the lovely notes of support to our team via social media. We miss your smiling faces! Keep following us on IG and FB for more garden images and announcements… and sign up for our e-news list. We’ll keep you in the know about new offerings and updated hours during these challenging COVID-19 times.
Our management team has been brainstorming new menu items to match your stay home, stay safe lifestyle. How do family dinners and breakfast casseroles sound? Of course they would all have our distinctive flair and flavors. We’re getting close to finalizing those ideas and a plan to reopen for carry out. Please follow us on social media for announcements.
In the meantime, a reminder that yes, you can order goodies such as our Bloody Mary mix, jams, and spicy sauce to be shipped to your home. Go here to place your order.
Find yourself cooking more? Check out our recipe page, we’ve posted make at home versions of some of our most popular dishes and will keep adding more!
March 22, 2020 Update
A Letter to Our Community
We know that by now everyone has read at least a hundred letters from small business having to make hard decisions in the last week because of COVID-19. Sunny Point Café is no exception. As a small family business we have had to make hard decisions before and know we will have to again. But we are a feisty group of people that beats the odds every day. Restaurants across the country are having to do the same thing that we are without much guidance from the government, only the guidelines set by the CDC. Please contact your local senator and tell them that we all need help!
So, following the CDC guidelines we are deciding to close temporarily to help combat the spread of this virus. We are hoping to reopen April 10 to resume offering takeout and delivery. During this down time we will be reinventing ourselves so that we can become better and safer at getting our food out to you. For us that will mean having fewer employees for a little while unfortunately and adjusting menu items while still providing the same great food and service we always have. We will try offering Take And Bake comfort meals at an affordable price to our neighbors and community. We will adjust hours to better meet the demands of our customers. As always we will continue following CDC guidelines for opening and closing sanitation procedures and look for ways to exceed them. We will vet our delivery drivers and make sure that they are doing the same. Email us if you have suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know that times seem dark, but there are signs all around us that spring is in the air. We see people out walking, biking, and taking advantage of the lovely weather. We encourage everyone in the neighborhood to walk around the garden at Sunny Point. Keep a social distance, but take a deep breath and appreciate the beautiful place we live in.
We’ll miss you during this temporary closing! Please follow us on social media and check our website for official updates regarding our reopening date and new to go offerings. As you are able, please support local businesses that are still providing services.
Take care, stay home, and be safe.
– Grammy, April, Emma, and Hana