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Former Smith Street Diner Owner Opens New Eatery and Market

Former Smith Street Diner Owner Opens New Eatery and Market

Eclectic-Menu Restaurant Plus Marketplace

Former Smith Street Diner Owner Opens New Eatery and MarketGreensboro, NC ( Beth Kizhnerman, who owns Greensboros iconic Smith Street Diner and Bistro Sofia, and her business partner, Jerry Kizhnerman, opened their newest concept restaurant and marketplace in Greensboro, NC, in June 2022 called Gate City Provisions, Eatery and Market.

The brand new restaurant brings something not your ordinary to Greensboro, with rustic European architecture and dcor alongside an eclectic menu of old-world sandwiches and modern favorites. The menu isn’t your ordinary, with categories, such as for example In-Between sandwich offerings; BeSide menu of varied side dishes; a GCP daily grilled cheese creations; The Toss menu of classic salads with today’s twist; The Ladle menu of house- made soups, like the extremely popular New Orleans-style file gumbo that has been a popular at their iconic Smith Street Diner; and The Sweet Spot, daily sweet treats from the GCP kitchen. GCP may also offer bottled and canned beverages.

Gate City Provisions offers to-go provisions and a curated market of select, small-batch manufactured foods. The eatery and market offer both indoor and outdoor dining and a location it is possible to call your house abroad where one can get together with relatives and buddies.

Former Smith Street Diner Owner Opens New Eatery and Market

About Beth Kizhnerman

Beths first apprenticeship was at Seasons in the Bostonian Hotel at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. She had the chance to utilize Executive Chef Lydia Shire, Sous Chef Gordon Hammersley, and a range of talented women. Working at Seasons defined her method of food as her career moved forward. Seasons kitchen staff contains 90% women, that was unusual in 1987. Her second apprenticeship was in La Roche Bernard, Bretagne, France at a restaurant called LAuberge Bretonne, a vintage French Kitchen.

Time for Greensboro in the late 1980s, she began working at Southern Lights, and opened South by Southwest in Winston-Salem. Then she opened Bistro Sofia in 1999 on Dolley Madison Road with former husband and business partner, Jerry Kizhnerman. As Bistro Sofia continued to prosper, Jerry opened Smith Street Diner in 2006. Eventually, Beth made a decision to close Bistro Sofia and dominate ownership and operations of Smith Street Diner in 2010.

Beth also offers nonprofit partnerships with Share the Harvest, Guilford Food Policy Council, and the Transit Alliance of the Piedmont (TAP). Beth is really a person in Women Chefs & Restaurateurs and National Professional Organization.

Beths Career

Liberty Oak, Greensboro

Manor House, Tanglewood Park, Clemmons

Southern Lights, Greensboro

South by Southwest, Winston-Salem

Painted Plate Catering, Greensboro

Bistro Sofia, Greensboro, Chef Owner

Smith Street Diner, Greensboro, Owner

Beths Apprenticeships

Seasons, Bostonian Hotel, Fanueil Hall, Boston, MA, Executive Chef, Lydia Shire

La Bretagne, La Roche Bernard, Bretagne, France

About Jerry Kizhnerman

Jerry Kizhnerman is really a broadly experienced and diversely talented food service professional. His visionary and concept design talent have culminated in menu development, project management, staff development, procurement, and vendor negotiations throughout his restaurant career for restaurants through the entire Triad, like the iconic Smith Street Diner.

Jerrys Career

Guilford County Department of Health ServSafe certified

Fellowship Hall, Greensboro, Sous Chef

Smith Street Diner, Greensboro, Chef/Proprietor

The Table, Asheboro, Consultant

Burger Spot, Greensboro, Co-owner

Bistro Sofia, Greensboro, Chef/Proprietor

Jerrys Pizza and Tomatoes Italian Eatery, Kernersville, Proprietor


Peoples Choice Award, Greensboro News & Record 2003-2016

Best New Restaurant in Asheboro, Asheboro Magazine 2013

Award of Excellence, Wine Spectator 10 years consecutively

Top 10 Restaurant in NEW YORK, Southern Living

Best Pizza, Winston-Salem Journal

Best Italian & most Popular Bar, Hickory Observer

About Smith Street Diner

Smith Street Diner, a 65-seat full-service restaurant and classic southern diner with high-quality food and impeccable service, celebrated its 15th year being an iconic Greensboro restaurant in 2020. Rated among the Top 10 breakfasts in NEW YORK, it was a popular among locals and travelers alike. Food Network listed Smith Street Diner because the best diner in NEW YORK in the December 2019 article, 50 Diners In the united states. Smith Street Diner was also a popular with Southern Living Magazine, rated the very best in NEW YORK.

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