It is often said that ‘we are what we eat’; we would like to add that ‘we are what we do.’
Irregardless Café & Catering stands as a pioneer in the restaurant business for taking concepts like ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ long before they became buzz words and putting them into action.
Since 1975, it has been serving local, fresh-from-the-farm, healthy and innovative meals, hosting live jazz and bluegrass nightly and building a strong sense of community.
Founded and operated by Arthur Gordon, owner/chef, the Café opened as the community’s first vegetarian restaurant encouraging its patrons to “eat lower on the food chain”, providing delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals. Over the years the menu added fish & seafood, poultry & duck, beef & lamb meals that are accented with lots of local produce. The idea was to feed vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores – to bring the whole community to the table.
From the beginning, the Café’s management was dedicated to innovative sustainability initiatives that promote healthy living and giving back to the community. Irregardless Café became the first restaurant in the state of North Carolina to become a completely non-smoking establishment, in 1985. On the roof, ten solar thermal panels heat the Café’s water with renewable energy, and their Well Fed Community Garden ‘welcomes the community into the Garden’ modeling urban agriculture and growing produce for Catering and Café meals.