A Sophisticated Take on New Southern Cuisine at Treo & The Cellar

By on October 24, 2018

Welcome to historic downtown Blue Ridge, GA where you’ll find a thriving restaurant scene featuring some of the best new southern cuisine in the area. The latest additions are Treo & The Cellar Wine Bar.

Sisters Carolyn and Debbie Harbin have created two exceptional casual, fine dining spaces serving steaks, pasta, seafood and tapas in a rustic yet elegant setting. Pair that with a lovely wine list, local brews and inspired craft cocktails and you’ll keep coming back for more.

Locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Relaxing, intimate atmosphere both inside and out. Casual fine dining. These are some of the descriptors you’ll hear when you ask folks in Blue Ridge, GA about Treo – one of the premiere eateries in this historic mountain town that is quickly becoming known for its thriving restaurant scene. With a menu that boasts dishes like crab cakes with roasted corn chowder, short ribs braised with coffee and chipotle, and a melt-in-your-mouth center cut Filet, it’s easy to see why Treo has been dubbed as a casual restaurant with fine dining flair. When you add to that Treo’s new wine cellar, monthly wine pairing dinners, and live music emanating from their lovely outdoor courtyard, it’s easy to see why Treo has established itself as one of the most popular restaurant destinations in north Georgia, let alone Blue Ridge.

The story of Treo begins with owners Debbie and Carolyn Harbin: two sisters with distinct personalities and passions. While many successful restaurant owners have years of experience in the service industry that they can fall back on when opening a new restaurant, Debbie and Carolyn were armed only with a love of wine, a love of Blue Ridge and a desire to serve sophisticated food in an area where they owned a second home.

Both sisters come from interesting spaces in the business world: Debbie from a 24-year career in the banking industry and Carolyn from an IT background. Which is why, as Debbie says, they have had to overcome many challenges in opening Treo, from updating and re-branding the restaurant to actually learning the restaurant business. There was also the task of addressing plumbing and electrical issues, which they stumbled upon in their effort to open the restaurant.

Now in business for about 2 years, Debbie and Carolyn received excellent advice on beginning their new venture from a seasoned restaurant consultant, and also had the support of their talented staff, who helped make the transition easier.
One crucial member of the new team at Treo is Chef Richard Turner who, with years of experience, an enthusiastic following and full control of the kitchen, has completely revamped the menu and added dishes that compliment his cooking style, like an Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl as an appetizer and an incredible Seared Salmon for dinner.

While every item on Treo’s new menu is worth trying, it is the USDA prime steaks like the NY Strip and Filet that have become the most sought-after meals to eat. In addition to the items found on the lunch and dinner menus, Chef Richard also creates amazing dishes that are meant to be paired with regional wines, such as Russian River Valley, on the 4th Thursday of every month. For the month of October, guests have the opportunity to enjoy wines from Cakebread Cellars located in Napa Valley, along with a 4-5 course meal.

If that wasn’t enough to make your mouth water, Treo has also recently opened a new addition to the restaurant next door called The Cellar, which will seat up to 50 guests who get the chance to enjoy some of the finest wines in the country, along with additional adult beverages and a completely separate menu from the lunch and dinner options that guests can choose from.

Not to be forgotten is Treo’s gorgeous courtyard, located just outside of their front door, where local musicians perform on Friday and Saturdays providing an additional layer of ambiance as you enjoy your meal in the fresh mountain air. New musicians are being featured every weekend, including weekends in the months of October and November. Make sure you give Treo a call to see who’s playing while you inquire about reservations!

With unique takes on traditionally classic dishes prepared by Chef Richard, rare wines, custom cocktails, fresh ingredients, monthly wine pairing events, and an unbeatable location, Treo has truly found its home in Blue Ridge.
It’s safe to say that locals and visitors alike will continue to enjoy everything that Treo has to offer, no matter what time of the year it may be.

For reaervations and more information:
Treo and The Cellar
588 East Main Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Tuesday – Thursday 11:30am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday 11:30am – 9pm