Belle at the Jones House: Now open in Downtown Cary


By: Jessica Patrick

The 19th century historic Jones house located at the corner of Academy Street and Dry Avenue in Downtown Cary has been livened by renovations that have transformed it into the setting for a new restaurant—Belle.

Belle at the Jones House

Belle at the Jones House is an incredibly special project taken on by owner Tammy Calaway-Harper—a caterer who is both following her dreams and making Cary’s downtown area even more unique. Her restaurant features dishes made with ingredients sourced from local farmers. Chicken, cheese, tomatoes, and coffee from surrounding towns are all used at Belle; in fact, 80% of the foods served will come from within a 30 mile radius. Tammy even plans to incorporate herbs and vegetables picked from the garden out front into her cooking. Guests are able to dine both in the house and on its beautiful front porch.

In addition to its farm-fresh meals, the restaurant will also feature baked goods from Tammy’s successful Sweet T bakery business, started seven years ago. Depending on the time of day, customers can either enjoy dinner and drinks or stop by for coffee and a sweet snack.

Tammy’s Ventures

Belle at the Jones house was made possible through Tammy’s partnering with the Town of Cary, as well as through her own funds. The town originally approached Tammy through her Sweet T business with hopes to open the Jones House as a bakery and coffee shop. Tammy’s proposed concept of a “farm-to-table” restaurant immediately expanded that idea to what Belle is today.

Tammy has worked extremely hard to prepare for Belle’s opening. Although the restaurant opened last week, Tammy encountered numerous delays along the way. The house required extensive—and costly—renovations.

Despite these delays, Belle at the Jones House is now open and is already becoming a “must-visit” location in Downtown Cary. The historic house, the local fare, and the love and focus put into the restaurant’s opening combine to show the unique nature of this venture and of the woman who started it.

Cary Visual Art was honored to feature Tammy as their caterer at the annual OSE Artist Reception last month. Tammy graciously provided tasty appetizers, creative entrees, and sweet desserts to the 2014 artists, CVA supporters, and guests at the celebration of new sculpture installations. The menu items were not only a success at the reception--guests were also able to get a sneak peek at some of the creations Tammy plans to offer at Belle.

It is the fostering of ideas like Belle at the Jones House—along with the support of the town, individuals, and small organizations—that give Cary such an artistic distinction. Be sure to stop by Belle to see for yourself.  


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