| February 26, 2014
Koru Village purchases Avon Pier propertyKoru Village in Avon has purchased the Avon Pier property from EWN Development Co. Inc., which is owned by Ed Nunnally.
By IRENE NOLAN
property is directly across Highway 12 from Spa Koru and almost
adjacent to the Beach Klub, which the Koru Village opened in 2012.
a news release on the purchase, Koru Village said it was “driven by the
mission of offering residents and visitors of Cape Hatteras unique
experiences” at its adventure resort.
The five oceanfront acres
that include access to the Avon Pier, plenty of beachfront parking, and
a restaurant will be transformed this spring to blend into Koru’s
“I have been envisioning the Avon Pier and its
property as part of Koru Village since the day we purchased the Beach
Klub. As luck would have it, the owners contacted me after the first of
the year regarding the sale of the property. This is a very exciting
time for Koru Village and Avon,” said founder of Koru Village Joe
In an interview today, Thompson said that his
company has purchased everything but the pier and the pier house, which
are owned by the National Park Service, and operated under a concession
contract with EWN Development Co.
However, as Thompson noted,
without the property, the park has no easements or rights of way to the
pier itself – no power, no parking, no septic.
There is a provision in the concessions contract to transfer the concession to a new owner, Thompson said.
public affairs specialist Cyndy Holda said she has been told that the
sale and transfer paperwork is in the Southeast Regional Office for
“Until that review is complete and approval signed by
the Regional Director the Avon Fishing Pier is still under contract
with EWN Development Company, Inc. Both the buyer and seller are
aware of the sale and transfer requirements," Holda said in an e-mail.
said the sale has gotten a positive reaction from the Park Service and
he sees no problems with the transfer of the concessions contract.
current concessions contract was negotiated in the late ‘90s and has
been on a year-by-year basis since. The Park Service was planning
to revisit the contract this year even before the sale.
“We hope we can improve the concession,” said Thompson.
The pier will undergo repairs and will reopen in April for fishing and sightseeing.
focus this year, Thompson said, will be on the restaurant that will
receive a huge facelift by Cahoon and Kasten Architects and will open
in May as Cape Hatteras’ only tavern featuring North Carolina beers
along with variety from all around the world.
has been named Pangea Tavern, which Thompson said means “earth before
continental divide.” He said that it will offer “global cuisine” with
“different pieces of the world on the same plate.” However, it will
also feature eastern North Carolina cooking and freshly caught local
“The opportunity and potential to create the most
unique dining experience on the East Coast presents itself at Pangea
Tavern,” says chef Tracy Morris. “I am anxious to build a team of
professionals that recognize and understand the meaning of that. We
will work hand in hand to make that opportunity a reality for every
person who walks through the door. Global cuisine fused with
local ingredients and exceptional service is the key element.”
restaurant will have a covered pavilion outdoor eating area that will
be screened. It will have no air-conditioning, but Thompson said
the air will be “conditioned” by misting fans or in some other manner
to keep it comfortable for diners.
Decisions on how to
eventually develop the rest of the property won’t be made immediately,
Thompson said, including whether to keep the mini-golf course.
goal with Koru Village, he says, has been to create a resort. He
has felt that Avon has been short on accommodations and food and
The restaurant will address one part of that shortfall, he said, but he’s less decided on accommodations.
one point, a 95-room hotel was proposed for the property, but Thompson
said he does think Hatteras can support a hotel that large.
On the other hand, he said, “I don’t think we need anymore big oceanfront houses.”
restaurant’s grand opening in May will feature live music by
Asheville’s Circus Mutt, which is a trio consisting of guitar,
mandolin, congas, and lots of vocal harmonies.
excited to break in Memorial Day weekend in Avon at the grand opening
of Pangea Tavern. Come out and get the weekend started with our unique
style of foot-stompin’ muttgrass,” said Circus Mutt’s guitarist and
vocalist Dan Falkenstein.
In conjunction with the excitement of
the Avon Pier property re-opening under new management, Koru Village’s
Beach Klub will also open in May for its third season.
Beach Klub’s first event of the year will be the Dare County Art
Council’s second annual Rock the Cape festival on Friday, May 30.
For more information or updates, visit KoruVillage.com.