Winter Closing for The Partridge & Pear Restaurant!

Wow, am I going to miss my weekly Spinach-and-Strawberry Salad with chicken on top this winter!  Something to look forward to during the long, dark days…

On Monday, December 31st, The Partridge & Pear Restaurant at Christmas Place is closing for the winter as the owners consider the future direction of the business.  While the restaurant’s popularity has grown steadily over the two-and-a-half years since it opened, gaining both a local fan base and repeat visits from out-of-town guests, profitability has been an ongoing challenge.

“We are very proud of what was accomplished by our staff at the restaurant since it opened in 2010.  Our creative chefs, dedicated kitchen staff, and caring service team worked hard to deliver a wonderful dining experience to guests over the years!” said Carolyn Fairbank Biggs, president of Christmas Place Properties.  “We wish each of them the best in their continued careers in hospitality in Sevier County.”

Immediate plans are for continued operation of the property as a food and meeting venue, to be utilized by The Inn at Christmas Place and for reserved events.  The restaurant has successfully hosted many weddings, parties, private meetings and dinner events, and expects to continue these functions.  However, continuing as a public eatery with the current business strategy is not likely to improve financial performance; therefore, new opportunities and concepts are being studied at this time.

Stay tuned for more as plans develop (as long as they keep my salad!).

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

Letters to Santa

“Dear Santa,
I would like for instead of you bringing me presents, to give presents to all the boys and girls at St. Jude Children’s Hospital presents.”
Landri in West Virginia

“Dear Santa,
Our names are Holly and Tigger and we are the apples of our Mommy and Daddy’s  eyes.  We would love to have new kitty toys and catnip for Christmas.  Thank you, Santa”
Love Holly & Tigger in Iowa

“Dear Santa,
First I must apologize because I was mad at you for not bringing me a good Christmas all those years.  But now I am thankful because I have grown to appreciate the joy of Christmas and its true meaning.  I may be a grown man, but you represent everything I missed in my childhood and everything I can’t wait to give my children.  Thank you for being the Spirit of Christmas.”
Kenneth in Kentucky

“Dear Santa,
All I want for Christmas is:  For everyone to be happy for once.  Aunt Laura & Daddy are always fighting and I’m really tired of it!  It makes Grandma so sad.  That’s all I want.  Thanks.”
Rebecca in North Carolina

Can you get me some decor for my desk at school?  Please?  If you are, select Yes.  If you are not, select No.”
Della in Tennessee

“Dear Santa,
I have a wonderful new husband.  I’m 61 and didn’t think I would ever be happy again after my husband died.  Now we are staying here and buying a house here.  Thank you for all my Christmas past and in the future.  Bless all our children.”
Pam in Illinois

 “Dear Santa,
I would like to have some candy.  It would be nice for Jordan to give me a kiss, also.  A Santa book would be great to have.  Thanks so much!”
Bella, 6 yrs. old, in Tennessee

“Dear Santa,
You are such a popular guy – I’m 82 years old and I’ve had lots of time to wish.  You always come thru.  Thank You from my heart.  Merry Christmas.
P.S. By the way this is our 65th wedding anniversary on Dec. 14th.”

“Dear Santa,
I am an old dude who basically has all he needs for Christmas.  My wish is to help the kids in the world who need food and care.  Also if possible, please bring each kid a toy.
P.S. I still believe in you.”
Bill in Tennessee

“Dear Santa,
Thank you for all the joy you have sent to us every day since last Christmas.  It’s so exciting to see the bright lights and hear our favorite carols again!  Please send snow for Christmas this year, so we can make snow angels and snow milk.  Thank you for reminding us that, if we take the time to look around us, we can always find someone with whom to share the spirit of hope in our hearts, in good times and in bad times.  And thanks for helping us celebrate the Greatest Gift ever given.”
Clara Grace, Indiana

Merry Christmas from The Incredible Christmas Place!