After a long round of negotiations with the National Park Service, it appears that the Yorktown Carrot Tree is here to stay through 2013.
“The major issues regarding fees and insurance have been satisfied to Carrot Tree’s satisfaction,” said Glenn Helseth, husband of owner Debi Helseth. “Of course, the most important thing is that it’s an unconditional extension.”
Carrot Tree had been set to close Dec. 19. NPS released a non-guaranteed 12-month extension, however this would have been problematic for the restaurant as it could have resulted in Carrot Tree being forced out of its location, the 1720 Cole Digges House, before October, November and December, which are the most profitable months of the year, Helseth said. That offer came a short time after Congressman Rob Wittman and Senator Mark Warner both contacted NPS.
“I cannot say enough, and I don’t even know how to say it at this point, about what the public has done for us,” Helseth said. “But I don’t even know how to say thank you to the people of Yorktown, Congressman Wittman and Senator Warner.”
Photo by Gregory Connolly