By Kellie Goodman Shaffer
Bedford County’s premier retirement community opens its doors to many public events, and now has yet another special feature: the new Spring House Restaurant.
“This helps us to give back to the community as well as our residents,” said Executive Director Mary Grattan. “We’ll be hiring additional staff and it broadens the offerings for the residents for lunch and dinner, and provides Bedford County with yet another wonderful restaurant to enjoy.”
Under Executive Chef Tim Turner, the restaurant is open Monday thru Friday, 11:00am-1:30pm, expanding with additional hours over the coming months, beginning with every Wednesday, 5:00-7:30pm. The public is welcome to come try the new dinner menu, featuring entrees like crab cakes, meat loaf, and other seasonal fare, as well as the current sandwich and salad menu with some new items as well. The dessert menu will feature a crème brŭlée of the week in addition to other daily dessert specials.
“It means a lot that as a retirement community we can make our dining room more than a café, but an actual restaurant,” said Chef Turner, “And it also shows the region that we’re more than a retirement community that we have these additional amenities to offer.”
Chef Turner’s resume includes time with Nemicolin Resort, Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa and 10/09 Kitchen.
“It’s been awesome to have something to put my own name to,” said Turner. “It’s a challenge: so many different people have different tastes, so it’s been fun to try to find something to please everyone.”
“Tim is also broadening his expertise as he studies to be a certified dietary manager,” said Grattan, “So he can grow in that part of his skills in preparation for the personal care facility to make low-salt and cardiac diets taste great and also provide a wonderful menu for the public. It gives a lot of flexibility for someone who’s so creative.”
The restaurant is the latest amenity in the ever-expanding Homewood facilities, located on 49-acres of scenic Bedford County property between Bedford and Everett. In addition to cottages and apartments, Spring House features include an indoor pool, picnic pavilion and fire pit, bocce court, convenience store, library and more.
Now under construction, a new 16-room personal care facility, which will offer even more options for seniors in the Bedford County region, scheduled to open in 2019.
“This has been something that’s been needed for quite some time. We’ll be adding 25 positions for the personal care facility which will be a home like setting for seniors, and once it’s finished, we’re planning on construction to start for an additional care unit for memory care.”
Ever growing and ever evolving to meet the needs of Bedford County seniors, Homewood at Spring House is also catering to the community at large, and looks forward to welcoming the public for lunch, dinner and catered special events.