Skip to content Skip to left sidebar Skip to right sidebar Skip to footer

Robert Back joins Green Park Inn as head chef

By Lacy HIlliard
Johnson County Farmers Market Manager Robert Back has accepted a Head Chef position at the Historic Green Park Inn.
The Green Park Inn opened its doors in 1891. Back then, the “Green Park” was referred to as a hotel rather than an inn and it also doubled at the post office for the entire Blowing Rock area. Over the years, the inn can boast several prominent guests including Annie Oakley, J.D. Rockefeller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Margaret Mitchell who reportedly penned part of “Gone With the Wind,” while staying at the inn. It’s easy to see why Mitchell may have found creative inspiration during her stay as the inn has a distinct down home but classy vibe with all the luxuries one would expect in this upscale locale. Character exudes from every room and hallway at the Green Park and one can easily vividly imagine Mitchell pouring over parchment, stopping only to steal a gaze at the pastoral meets mountainous setting that can be witnessed from nearly every window at the inn.
The modern day Green Park Inn pays homage to the past, present and future. Many of the chandeliers throughout are original and when you step through the doors it’s almost as though you expect to see Ann of Green Gables sipping tea whilst entranced by the lasted novel. Though the aesthetics clearly pay homage to the past, modern day guest will undoubtedly be satisfied by the amenities, which include a nightly turndown service, plush towels and robes, high-definition television and a lovely breakfast served in the sunlight bathed tea room.
Robert Back is proud of the history his new place of employment possesses and it’s clear that he is dedicated to ensuring the future of the inn, “My goal is to put the Green Park Inn’s food service back on the map. We want to be known as ‘the place’ to come in North Carolina. We’d also like to become considered as the destination headquarters for mountain weddings,” said Back. Back went on to say, “The Green Park in was once known in the 20’s and 30’s as ‘the place’ to come for Sunday brunch. I’m working to revive that.”
For the rest of the story, pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk.