Former owner of Smith Street Diner opens new restaurant and market

Eclectic Menu Restaurant Plus Marketplace

Former owner of Smith Street Diner opens new restaurant and marketGreensboro, North Carolina ( Beth Kizhnerman, owner of Greensboro’s iconic Smith Street Diner and Bistro Sofia, and her business partner, Jerry Kizhnerman, opened their new restaurant and market concept in Greensboro, North Carolina in June 2022, called Gate City Provisions, Restaurant and Market.

The new restaurant brings something “out of the ordinary” to Greensboro, with rustic European architecture and decor as well as an eclectic menu of old-world sandwiches and modern fare. The menu isn’t your ordinary one, with categories, such as “In-Between” sandwich offerings; BeSide menu of various side dishes; a daily creation of GCP grilled cheese; The Toss menu of classic salads with a modern twist; The Ladle menu of house soups, including the hugely popular New Orleans-style file’ gumbo that was a favorite at their iconic Smith Street Diner; and The Sweet Spot, daily treats from GCP Kitchen. GCP will also offer bottled and canned beverages.

Gate City Provisions also offers take-out provisions and an organized market of selected small-batch manufactured foods. The restaurant and market offer indoor and outdoor dining – and a place you can call your home away from home – where you can hang out with friends and family.

Former owner of Smith Street Diner opens new restaurant and market

About Beth Kizhnerman

Beth’s first apprenticeship was at Season’s at the Bostonian Hotel at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. She has 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 his approach to food as his career progressed. Season’s kitchen staff were 90% female, which was unheard of in 1987. Her second apprenticeship was in La Roche Bernard, Brittany, France at a restaurant called L’Auberge Bretonne, classic French cuisine.

Returning to Greensboro in the late 1980s, she began working at Southern Lights, then opened South by Southwest in Winston-Salem. Then she opened Bistro Sofia in 1999 on Dolley Madison Road with her former husband and business partner, Jerry Kizhnerman. As Bistro Sofia continued to thrive, 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, the Guilford Food Policy Council, and the Transit Alliance of the Piedmont (TAP). Beth is a member of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs and the National Professional Organization.

Beth’s career

Liberty Oak, Greensboro
Mansion, Tanglewood Park, Clemmons
Southern Auroras, Greensboro
South by southwest, Winston-Salem
Painted Plate Deli, Greensboro
Bistro Sofia, Greensboro, owner chef
Smith Street Diner, Greensboro, owner

Beth’s Learnings

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

About Jerry Kizhnerman

Jerry Kizhnerman is a highly experienced and multi-talented catering professional. His talent as a visionary and designer culminated in menu development, project management, staff development, sourcing and supplier negotiations throughout his catering career for restaurants in the Triad, including the iconic Smith Street Diner.

Jerry’s career

Guilford County Health Department – ServSafe Certified
Fellowship Hall, Greensboro, Deputy Chief
Smith Street Diner, Greensboro, chef/owner
The Table, Asheboro, consultant
Burger Spot, Greensboro, co-owner
Bistro Sofia, Greensboro, Chef/Owner
Jerry’s Pizza and Tomatoes Italian Eatery, Kernersville, owner


Audience Award, Greensboro News and Recording – 2003-2016
Best new restaurant in Asheboro, Asheboro magazine – 2013
Excellence Award, wine spectator – 10 consecutive years
Top 10 Restaurants in North Carolina, southern life
best pizza, Winston-Salem Diary
Best and most popular italian bar, Hickory Watcher

About Smith Street Diner

Smith Street Diner, a 65-seat full-service restaurant and classic southern eatery featuring high-quality cuisine and impeccable service, celebrated its 15e year as Greensboro’s Iconic Restaurant in 2020. Rated one of North Carolina’s Top 10 Breakfast Restaurants, it was a favorite with locals and travelers alike. “Food Network” ranked Smith Street Diner as the best restaurant in North Carolina in the December 2019 article, “50 guests across the country.” Smith Street Diner was also a favorite with Southern Life Magazinerated the best in North Carolina.

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