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Kindreds on CBS This Morning

by | Aug 14, 2018

The crew from the CBS Morning Show interviewing Joe and Katy Kindred in front of their restaurant.

Back in July, a News of Davidson photographer came across an interview in progress with Joe and Katy Kindred in front of their namesake restaurant on Main Street in Davidson.

Hmmm. What’s up?

Viewers of CBS This Morning got the answer today, with a three-minute segment featuring the Bon Appetit Best New Restaurant issue, now out on newsstands. In 2016, Kindred was front and center in the magazine’s “Hot Ten” list.

In the CBS piece, the Kindreds recall the “healthy fear” they shared when they opened a new restaurant in February 2015, “putting everything on the line.”

Katy Kindred, trained as a sommelier, wondered, “Have we just made the biggest mistake of our lives?”

Not a chance. Described in Bon Appetit as a “casual Southern restaurant that studied abroad,” Kindred’s business tripled.

“There’s a lot of power in that list,” said Chef Joe. “It made me want to be better—it really motivated us.”

And it gave the Kindreds the courage to take another deep breath and open Hello Sailor on Lake Norman, not far from where Chef Joe grew up.

And wouldn’t you know it? Hello Sailor is listed among Bon Appetit’s top 50 new restaurants for 2018.

Katy Kindred standing in front of their new restaurant, Hello Sailor.

Meg Kimmel

A professional communicator with a long career in higher education, Meg now consults and volunteers in areas where words and images work together to tell a story. She's a proud member of Davidson's Class of 1977 and lives nearby with her husband, Don, Davidson professor emeritus of biology, with whom she shares a family grown by kinship and choice.

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