On Thyme Catering to open brick-and-mortar on Castle Street
It was only a year and a half ago that Corey Scott rolled out the On Thyme Catering food truck, but just last week, he signed the papers to what will become On Thyme’s first brick-and-mortar restaurant.
Corey and his wife and partner, Phallin, bought the building where Booty’s Soul Food Restaurant was.
Booty’s, which had been open since the early 2000’s, closed at the start of the pandemic in March of 2020.
Linwood Davis, or ‘Booty’ as he is mostly known as, said before the building was Booty’s Soul Food, it was called “Club New York” and was run by his brother. Club New York opened in the early 1970’s.
Historically, Castle Street was once known for its majority of Black owned businesses. Over the years however, that has changed. Because of this, it was important to the Scott’s that this location will continue to be Black owned.
“It’s a perfect location to keep this in the Black community,” Corey said. “Now it feels really good because we’re taking over so we’re continuing the legacy for Booty.”
Booty described the feeling of passing over the building as bittersweet, but he’s confident it will be in good hands with Corey and Phallin.
With the opening of the On Thyme Restaurant and wanting to keep the spirit of Booty’s Soul Food alive, Corey said they will be adding a chicken sandwich to their menu, which was a staple of Booty’s.
When Corey announced they had signed the papers for the building last week on Facebook, his friends and loyal customers of On Thyme Catering were over-the-moon excited. With 1.5 thousand shares and counting, the comment section continues to fill up with ‘Congratulations’, party and champagne emojis, and stories of what an inspiration Corey and Phallin are in the community.
“The response so far has been over the top,” Phallin said. “We appreciate everyone who’s shared and commented words of encouragement and rooting us on for a successful business.”
It might have only been a year and a half since they started with the food truck, but behind the scenes, it’s been a long, hard road for the couple. In 2019, Phallin was battling breast cancer, but she was able to beat it. They say because of that experience they learned to never give up.
“We never gave up,” Corey said. “And we had faith,” Phallin said. “We just kept going. When I say ‘hard,’ it was very hard. But we never gave up,” Corey said.
They are set to start renovations on the restaurant soon and hope to be ready to open by late November or early December of this year. Their food truck will continue to operate, and they hope to take it to more local businesses to cater to the people who don’t have time to stop by the restaurant.
To keep up with On Thyme Catering, follow them on Facebook here.
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