Po Green’s plans change, building not ready

It’s been a whirlwind few months for Anneise Green and company as she works to move Po Green’s catering and restaurant into town following her victory of Rev Up Strasburg.

Green said that her original goal of opening the restaurant in the former Hi Neighbor building in Strasburg by October is no longer on the table after the process has had more setbacks than were originally anticipated.

“It has been extreme but it’s been a good extreme,” Green said. “I’m learning a lot. It’s been an uphill battle. It’s turning into a project that’s going to take longer than we anticipated. What we’ve decided to do is to set up a stand at Pot Town Organics for the rest of the summer and we’re going to get a food truck that we can utilize throughout the county until we can get Hi Neighbor up and running.”

Among the factors elongating the move-in process are complications with design in addition to some work that needs to be done on the floors, walls and ceilings of the building, which Green called a “total restoration.”

Green will be setting up on weekends at Pot Town Organics at 181 W. King St. in Strasburg to honor a stipulation of the Rev Up Strasburg winnings, which required winners to be offering their business in town by October.

“Instead of looking at putting all our nuts in one shell, we decided to work with Janet Heishman at the (Pot Town Organics) farmers market so that we will be doing business in town,” Green said. “We’re getting calls every day about when we’re going to be there. There will be tables and chairs. You’ll have an opportunity to sit down or take out.”

Green said that the temporary set up will include six tables and 30 chairs for those eager to sample Po Green’s Southern staples.

Additionally, Green said that once they are able to secure a food truck, awareness will increase with the advent of a mobile option.

“We see the food truck as the potential to be a part of the county’s business,” Green said. “There are a few events that we’ve already registered for. It gives us an opportunity to be circulatory in the county.”

Green had operated the company out of Skyline Ranch Resort in Front Royal since 2014 and after winning a $15,000 grant and a low-interest $25,000 loan, Green said they have been in “no man’s land” since moving out of the resort, catering on a weekly basis.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com