Former Smith Street Diner Owner Opens New Eatery and Market

Former Smith Street Diner Owner Opens New Eatery and Market

Eclectic-Menu Restaurant Plus Marketplace

Former Smith Street Diner Owner Opens New Eatery and MarketGreensboro, NC  (  Beth Kizhnerman, the owner of Greensboro’s iconic Smith Street Diner and Bistro Sofia, and her business partner, Jerry Kizhnerman, opened their newest concept restaurant and marketplace in Greensboro, NC, in June 2022 called Gate City Provisions, Eatery and Market.

The new restaurant brings something “not your ordinary” to Greensboro, with rustic European architecture and décor along with an eclectic menu of old-world sandwiches and modern favorites. The menu is not your ordinary, with categories, such as “In-Between” sandwich offerings; BeSide menu of various side dishes; a GCP daily grilled cheese creations; The Toss menu of classic salads with a modern twist; The Ladle menu of house- made soups, including the very popular New Orleans-style file’ gumbo that was a favorite at their iconic Smith Street Diner; and The Sweet Spot, daily sweet treats from the GCP kitchen. GCP will also offer bottled and canned beverages.

Gate City Provisions also offers to-go provisions and a curated market of select, small-batch manufactured food items. The eatery and market offer both indoor and outdoor dining – and a place you can call your home away from home – where you can come together with friends and family.

Former Smith Street Diner Owner Opens New Eatery and Market

About Beth Kizhnerman

Beth’s first apprenticeship was at Season’s in the Bostonian Hotel at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. She had the opportunity to work with Executive Chef Lydia Shire, Sous Chef Gordon Hammersley, and an array of talented women. Working at Season’s defined her approach to food as her career moved forward. Season’s kitchen staff consisted of 90% women, which was unheard of in 1987. Her second apprenticeship was in La Roche Bernard, Bretagne, France at a restaurant called L’Auberge Bretonne, a classic French Kitchen.

Returning to Greensboro in the late 1980s, she began working at Southern Lights, and then opened South by Southwest in Winston-Salem. Then she opened Bistro Sofia in 1999 on Dolley Madison Road with former husband and business partner, Jerry Kizhnerman. As Bistro Sofia continued to prosper, Jerry opened Smith Street Diner in 2006. Eventually, Beth decided to close Bistro Sofia and take over ownership and operations of Smith Street Diner in 2010.

Beth also has nonprofit partnerships with Share the Harvest, Guilford Food Policy Council, and the Transit Alliance of the Piedmont (TAP). Beth is a member of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs and National Professional Organization.

Beth’s Career

Liberty Oak, Greensboro
Manor House, Tanglewood Park, Clemmons
Southern Lights, Greensboro
South by Southwest, Winston-Salem
Painted Plate Catering, Greensboro
Bistro Sofia, Greensboro, Chef Owner
Smith Street Diner, Greensboro, Owner

Beth’s Apprenticeships

Seasons, Bostonian Hotel, Fanueil Hall, Boston, MA, Executive Chef, Lydia Shire
La Bretagne, La Roche Bernard, Bretagne, France

About Jerry Kizhnerman

Jerry Kizhnerman is a broadly experienced and diversely talented food service professional. His visionary and concept design talent have culminated in menu development, project management, staff development, procurement, and vendor negotiations throughout his restaurant career for restaurants throughout the Triad, including the iconic Smith Street Diner.

Jerry’s Career

Guilford County Department of Health – ServSafe certified
Fellowship Hall, Greensboro, Sous Chef
Smith Street Diner, Greensboro, Chef/Proprietor
The Table, Asheboro, Consultant
Burger Spot, Greensboro, Co-owner
Bistro Sofia, Greensboro, Chef/Proprietor
Jerry’s Pizza and Tomatoes Italian Eatery, Kernersville, Proprietor


People’s Choice Award, Greensboro News & Record – 2003-2016
Best New Restaurant in Asheboro, Asheboro Magazine – 2013
Award of Excellence, Wine Spectator – 10 years consecutively
Top 10 Restaurant in North Carolina, Southern Living
Best Pizza, Winston-Salem Journal
Best Italian and Most Popular Bar, Hickory Observer

About Smith Street Diner

Smith Street Diner, a 65-seat full-service restaurant and classic southern diner with high-quality food and impeccable service, celebrated its 15th year as an iconic Greensboro restaurant in 2020. Rated as one of the Top 10 breakfasts in North Carolina, it was a favorite among locals and travelers alike. “Food Network” listed Smith Street Diner as the best diner in North Carolina in the December 2019 article, “50 Diners Across the Country.” Smith Street Diner was also a favorite with Southern Living Magazine, rated the best in North Carolina.

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