A new restaurant in the works inside a historic millhouse in NoDa is targeting a late summer/early fall opening.
The Goodyear House, located at 3032 N. Davidson St. (directly across the street from the Johnston YMCA), is named after the Depression-era practice of farmers using extra money earned during harvests in “good years” to add on to their homes.
The original 1,500-square-foot property was built in 1900, and extensive work is currently underway to add another 1,700-1,800 square feet of breezy, indoor-outdoor space, including a backyard courtyard and outdoor bar. Cluck Design, the same firm that designed Haberdish down the street, is the architect.
Owner A.J. Klenk says the concept is inspired by the repurposed millhouses on Rainey Street in Austin, Texas and calls it “a destination unlike anywhere else in town.”
The 165-seat restaurant will feature four distinct zones with different design themes.
Main dining room – Located in the front of the original property, the main dining room will pay homage to the neighborhood’s millworker history utilizing old postcards and photographs to tell NoDa’s unique story. It also features original hardwood floors and an original fireplace.
Indoor bar – Adjacent to the main dining room is a large bar with garage doors overlooking the back courtyard. This space will celebrate the home’s 1970s era with design centered on memories of family vacations at popular Southeastern destinations like Myrtle Beach and Pigeon Forge.
Back dining room – Across a bright, breezy hall with skylights is a greenhouse-style back dining room with vaulted ceilings and garage doors overlooking the courtyard. The theme for this space is “bohemian botanist” and will feature lots of hanging plants, greenery and clay pots. Local artist Kyle Mosher will be creating a unique NoDa water tower mural made out of old newspapers in this room.
Backyard courtyard – The prime gathering spot is a courtyard out back anchored by a towering American holly tree. This space will be home to the Drunken Handyman, an outdoor shed-style bar decorated with a hodgepodge of collectibles like rusted fishing poles and an old NASCAR sign. They’ve also planted bamboo around the perimeter of the property giving it an isolated vibe in the heart of NoDa.
On the menu, expect “elevated comfort food” with a number of healthy options suitable for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Klenk says his goal is to create a casual neighborhood hangout where someone in sandals and a tank top is sitting alongside someone in a suit and everyone feels welcome.
He declined to name the executive chef just yet but says it’s “one of the most well-known names in town.”