Royall’s Drug Store is under new ownership.
Tina Holloway, a former employee during her high school years, has bought the business with her husband Brian.
“We’ve always wanted to do something for ourselves and have a little cafe or little restaurant,” Holloway said. “With this being the icon it is and me working here before it just kind of fit all together.”
She and Brian started their time at Royall’s Aug. 16. The official ribbon cutting ceremony was held Wednesday.
Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens cut the ribbon with other members of the community in attendance.
Holloway was an employee for four years during high school. She started when she was 15 and worked in the old pharmacy with Ed Royall.
Holloway worked for Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital for 10 years prior to taking over the restaurant. When her husband heard of the sale, the two bought the restaurant to keep the Royall’s tradition alive.
“It’s almost like coming back home for me,” Holloway said.
While much of the restaurant will stay the same, Holloway has decided to change one area of Royall’s. Hours of operation will now extend into the evenings to allow school children a safe place to eat and hang out.
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays Royall’s will open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday’s hours will run 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays will run 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“The kids love to come down here after school and get milkshakes and ice cream. We want to be here for the children as much as anything,” Holloway said. “We love for them to come and hang out, and they come and just hang in the afternoons after school.
“Sometimes they don’t even buy anything and that’s OK. They just come and hang out and have a place where they can come in off the street and be safe,” she added. “And that means a lot.”
Royall’s will still be closed on Sundays.
The menu, including the original chili recipe, will remain the same.
Holloway prides herself on the on-site prepared chili, pimento cheese, banana pudding, key lime pie, chicken salad and more.
“Everything we do is made here,” Holloway said.
The couple and their two children, Austin and Laura, will work in the restaurant with three of the former employees.
Royall’s also will be open for Elkin’s Halloween event downtown. The restaurant will stay open until 7:30 p.m. for trick or treating.
Royall’s also plans to be open for this year’s Christmas parade on Dec. 8. Hours will run 1 to 6 p.m. to allow parade attendants to visit before or after the event.
Church groups, birthday parties and other special events are welcome to contact Royall’s to hold meetings at the restaurant after normal hours. Those interested should call 835-0028.
“Royall’s is an icon in Elkin and we want to keep it going,” Holloway said.
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