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Originally published: 2013-12-25 20:31:50
Last modified: 2013-12-25 20:32:35

Business Spotlight: Bird House Café in Banner Elk is a chipper choice

Caroline Harris / (

The new Bird House Café in Banner Elk is serving up a cheerful menu at low prices. Miranda Sluder and Carrie Pennington saw a need for a low-priced, high-quality restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch in the Sugar Mountain area and decided to take a leap of faith.

“There’s no place to eat in town for the locals. We’re trying to keep our prices for the locals. It’s for people who don’t have time, want a decent meal and don’t want to spend a lot of money,” Sluder said.

It was a new venture for both women. Sluder has worked in the restaurant business all her life and Pennington is self-employed with an art business.

As fate would have it, the name Bird House Café occurred to Pennington even before she realized that a birdhouse was perched on a pole outside the café.

“We tried several different names. One day, all of the sudden ‘Bird House Café’ came into my head,” Pennington said.

Bird House Café’s breakfast menu includes waffles, pancakes, eggs, gravy, grits and more. 

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