Member of the Month - Wayne Peacock of Bistro 29
Wayne Peacock often travelled through Murphy as a child to visit family, but always returned to Bennettsville, South Carolina where his uncle retold fond memories of camping in the mountains of Murphy. Wayne joined the USAF in 1991 and was stationed at Edwards AFB for his entire tour, where he served in the medical unit and worked in Hospital Administration. He had a wartime mission of field triage and worked as an EMT, but his favorite job during his time was med-evac clerk where he would often drive the ambulance to transport injured soldiers from civilian hospitals to the flight line so they could be moved closer to home of record.
Most of Wayne’s career has been in healthcare but he has also dabbled in farming and agri-tourism. He took over operations of his uncle’s horse ranch in Eastern NC in 2007 and ran it for a couple years before moving to Florida to work for Baptist Hospital. During that time, Wayne came to Murphy with friends to celebrate the Fourth of July and he loved the area. For years his uncle had talked about moving here and a few years ago, the stars finally aligned. Wayne and his uncle’s families moved to the mountains where Wayne began a small alpaca farm. He loved selling fiber products and eggs at the local farmers market where he could meet locals and visitors alike.
Bistro 29 was born out of two friends walking around town looking at spaces for a theatre with possible a café attached. Over the following weeks, he and Eugene worked to create a place for friends and families to join for a meal, share an appetizer at the bar, or just sit a spell in the inviting atmosphere of Bistro 29. Wayne continues to work as the Service Excellence Coordinator at Murphy Medical Center, but once they opened the restaurant, the farm was a little too much to manage.
The vision for Bistro 29 is to continue to grow and become a cornerstone of our community. Wayne believes in supporting the community, often volunteering time or products to charitable and community events. He hopes to contribute to the town of Murphy as people discover the gem that is our beautiful mountain town. Wayne and the dedicated staff of Bistro 29 look forward to putting Murphy’s restaurants on the map for fine dining in a casual, yet elegant atmosphere and hope the community will be proud to make memories at Bistro 29 for years to come.
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