Louise's Kitchen

Amanda Schaefer & Charissa Gulotta



Photo by Lynne Harty

What is your favorite part of being a restaurant owner?

The community in Black Mountain is incomparable. As business owners here, we love that we can build relationships with our customers, whether we see them multiple times a week or just once a year. We look forward to seeing our regulars and appreciate all the feedback they have to offer us!

What is the background of your restaurant’s name?

Our name, Louise’s Kitchen, fell right into place after finding this quaint, old house nestled in the heart of Black Mountain. Our founding business partner had a grandmother named Louise, and we felt the space had a relaxed, “grandmother’s house” atmosphere. We want our customers to feel right at home while they dig into some home-made cooking, just like their grandma used to make.

What ingredient could you not live without?

We couldn’t live without BUTTER! Can you imagine a breakfast in the South without it?

What is your favorite dish on your menu?

Our pancakes perfectly represent our classic breakfast options with a slight twist. They come topped with fresh strawberries and a side of our delicious house-made vanilla bean syrup. Get them with a side of bacon and you have the perfect sweet and salty breakfast combination.

What is your favorite dish from a fellow AIR restaurant’s menu?

Give us a pitcher of fresh-squeezed grapefruit mimosas from Biscuit Head any day (with a side of mimosa-fried chicken biscuits, of course)!

Why did you choose this area to open your restaurant?

We feel like we didn’t really choose Black Mountain, but Black Mountain chose us. We are proud to call it our home. We love the community that surrounds us and couldn’t imagine our business anywhere else.

What is your favorite chef’s tool and why?

The rubber spatula is known as our “million-dollar tool”. We go into our business with a waste not, want not attitude. That spatula helps us efficiently make use of our ingredients, down to the last scrape.