On Thursday, the Greenwood-Leflore County Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new restaurant downtown.
Valour Cobbins, the owner of Bread and Butter Shoppe on Howard Street, said she has big plans for the space, which is at the former site of The Winery at Williams Landing.
Cobbins is from Canton and spent the last seven years in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was a teacher and later worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in an incubator program to help food businesses get started.
Now, she said, she is excited to start her own business.
Bread and Butter Shoppe is a deli-style restaurant that serves gourmet sandwiches, soups and ingredients, but Cobbins has more in store.
“I came to really reopen the winery,” she said. “And so that’s when I saw this space and that they put a kitchen in — and of course, the wine takes a really long time to be ready. I thought that we could be doing something in the meantime,” she said gesturing to the restaurant and store space.
“I make a lot of gourmet foods, and people are always asking how to use them. So I thought I could show them, and I love cooking. I love cooking for other people.”
Cobbins said everything that is served in the restaurant is made from ingredients sold in the store.
“We started the deli selections because we wanted to show how to use our gourmet foods in our products. So every item has some of our products in them,” she said.
She added that she is still working to get the full winery back in action but is excited about what she can do with the space, including allowing people to see how the drinks are made.
“It will actually be visual. People can see the tanks; they’ll see the process,” she said. “And we’ll have a tasting room, based on what the laws will allow us to do. We would love to expand into the full restaurant.”
The chamber officially welcomed the restaurant Thursday with a ribbon-cutting.
Moss Melton, the chamber’s new president, said he was excited for her restaurant to be in the community.
Mayor Carolyn McAdams said, “We appreciate your investment in Greenwood.”
She added that Cobbins is the personification of the phrase “when one door closes, another one opens,” as she was able to come into the winery after it had closed and add more to it.
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