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Owner

The Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, North Carolina 27617
United States

Company Description: In the year 2006 the Angus Barn had served North Carolina for 46 years leaving us 4 years to go before we catch up to the man who had so much to do with getting it...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Teacher
    Montessori-type school

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • degree , education
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Van Eure, owner of the ...
www.rockymounttelegram.com, 13 Feb 2014 [cached]
Van Eure, owner of the Angus Barn near Raleigh-Durham International Airport, said her doors were open through the storm. When people were stranded on U.S. 70 on Wednesday, she said, they found comfort in her place. U.S. 70 runs in front of the restaurant.
"We even were prepared for some to spend the night if they had to. But all of them made it home," Eure said. "I was not going to have someone sleep in their car."
Eure said the restaurant still has a waiting list for Friday night.
"We've had some cancellations, but as soon as someone cancels, someone else will call," she said.
The Taunton Gazette - National News
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"My restaurant has been in our family for almost 45 years," said Van Eure, Association Board member and owner of The Angus Barn Restaurant in Raleigh, NC.
Leadership | NC Sports Hall of Fame
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Van Eure, Raleigh
Fine Dining at Raleigh NC's Premier Steakhouse - Wine Cellar - Wedding Venue: Our Past and Present
www.angusbarn.com, 28 Mar 2011 [cached]
Now owned and operated by Van Eure, daughter of the late Thad Eure, Jr., and staffed by a loyal, hardworking team, many of whom have built their careers here, the double doors of the Barn open 363 evenings a year.
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From her parents Van learned the value of hiring and training cream-of-the-crop employees; listening to them; and trusting them to find the best, most practical solutions to problems. Van calls this process the "20 Foot Rule. This means that every employee within 20 feet of a problem should contribute to the solution. After 26 years of tackling hundreds of challenges with her entire team, today Van fondly refers to her employees as her "Angus Barn Family."
On the morning of February 7, 1964, Eure and Winston stood powerlessly as they watched fire reduce their dreams to smoke and ash.
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Only recently did Van meet the gentleman who reported the fire. He recalled how frustrating it was searching for an emergency phone in the late night hours in the rural area surrounding the Barn.
Build it bigger and better
If triumph could come from tragedy, Eure and Winston resolved to rebuild within record time.
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Like her father, today Van continues these original traditions with exceptional generosity. Van remarks, "Word of mouth never ceases to be the best advertising."
In November of 1978, after eighteen years of their legendary partnership, Eure and Winston decided to consider separate paths.
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After Eure's death, Alice and Van continued to co-own and manage his beloved "Big Red," the centerpiece of his restaurant empire.
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In May of 1991, Alice and Van collaborated on one of the Barn's boldest initiatives yet: The basement that once housed stacked boxes and cases of wine in a place called "the cages" was transformed into a spectacular, 28,000 bottle wine cellar and dining room for the ultimate dining experience.
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After Alice's death, many speculated that Van would simply sell the Barn and pursue other causes that she championed such as animal rights. Others speculated that she had many options that would lead her far from "Big Red. Like her father, Van loves to defy those who doubt her, and she can be counted on to surprise and inspire. "I never once considered selling the Barn because our loyal guests and employees are like family to me and 'Big Red' is my home."
Still A Family Affair
The Angus Barn is now owned and operated by Van Eure. Van believes that each guest is the most important person on earth while dining at the Barn. She believes in the Golden Rule of customer care: The customer has the gold and, therefore, makes the rules.
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As the Barn completed the first decade of the new century, not only did Van and Steve build The Pavilion, their dream thrives.
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Van attests, "There are not many men on this earth who can look back and say they lived their entire life following a creed of integrity."
In an age of never-ending political scandals and partisan bickering, Eure, Sr. remains a one-of-a-kind politician, orator and statesman. His longevity and love of North Carolina and his country may never be equaled.
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One of the nurses who cared for Alice in her final days eloquently told Van, "In the 25 years that I've been a nurse, I've never been as impressed with anyone as I was your mother.
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"Her caring and compassion made a tremendous difference," Van remembers, "Those who knew her considered themselves lucky. There was nobody like her. She was a true lady.
Van Eure
She was cut from the cloth of great statesmen and entrepreneurs from whom she inherited her pure, stubborn optimism. Tell her it can't be done, but get out of her way. She'll prove that it can, flashing you a blinding smile. She's the first one standing at "The Star-Spangled Banner. She's a patriot who champions the privilege of voting.
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While her peers knew the carefreeness of youth, Van tackled a myriad of jobs that instilled a lifelong work ethic. From janitorial to waitressing, she learned life skills. There was no car in the driveway when her 16th birthday arrived. She understood her parents' law: If you can work, you can buy your own car! For all of her parents' success, there were no spoils; only responsibilities.
Although she was raised southern, Van's spirit was nomadic. After college, there was no other course but to flee the world of conveniences. She found her new world on the African continent where she climbed Mt. Kenya. She fell in love with Kenya, establishing a Montessori-type school where she taught children who still adore her to this day. After five years, the expatriate returned to her roots.
When the Wild Turkey Lounge opened, Van bartended, thinking that it would be a temporary job - ha! Instead, she began to see her father and the restaurant business in a new light.
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pancreatic cancer, leaving Van thwarted at the prospect of losing him and carrying on his king-sized legacy.
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"Big Red" became her new calling, and Van immersed herself in work, slowly beginning to make her individual mark. She followed her father's philosophy of hospitality but sought her own unique style of management. She based her management paradigm on the belief that empowering her team to make their own decisions would boost morale and steepen loyalty. And it worked! She also became a student of Ken Blanchard, the famous author of The One Minute Manager. As her leadership grew firmly rooted, she found herself surrounded with exceptional loyalty. Today, it's easier to get a job with the FBI than the Barn. At a mere 14%, employee turnover is exceptionally low. Van requires each job candidate to be thoroughly screened. Respect for fellow team members, guests and the values for which the Angus Barn stands is simply not optional.
One of the most important, enduring examples of respect for guests is documented in an episode of the CBS series 48 Hours on "Customer Service. Unbeknownst to Van and to her team, a reporter wearing a hidden camera posed as "the guest from hell" one evening. She complained about every detail. Although the team rallied with solutions and smiles, the reporter persisted. Finally Van approached to extend further diplomacy. To her great surprise, she learned the purpose of the reporter's visit. The reporter's verdict: the Angus Barn was the perfect example of customer service.
Wife, Mother and Crusader
Van was not the first workaholic in the family, but she was the first Eure to be married to a restaurant rather than a human.
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Van became part of a three-member family that included Steve's son, Christopher. They made the perfect family as Van had fallen madly for Christopher, too. When Van and Steve built The Pavilion, they moved closer to fulfilling her parents' dreams of expansion.
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The monumental loss of her mother affected Van powerfully and therefore, when she began to feel lethargic, she assumed it was only a reaction to her profound grief. And then, just when her life could not become any more tumultuous, Van shockingly discovered these symptoms were normal because she was expecting - at age 44!
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Ali and Chris are frequent fixtures at the Angus Barn working with Van and Steve.
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Inheriting Alice's deep compassion, to date, Van has rescued swans, fawns, llamas, wild ponies, horses, a pot-bellied pig, and more dogs and cats than you'd find in an area shelter. In 1998 Van learned the story of a quarterhorse named Cheyenne who, while in a trainer's care, was severely beaten. Van was outraged when she learned that the trainer was only convicted of a misdemeanor, and she would not rest until the legislature passed a felony cruelty statute. Hence she formed The Cheyenne Foundation whose mission is to provide funds for the prevention of cruelty to animals.
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Jill Highsmith comments of her boss and dear friend, "The Beatles wrote the song 'Eight Days a Week' and every time I hear it, it reminds me of Van because she thinks of others all the time, eight days a week.
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Like her father, Van is a builder of people, too. She loves facing a challenge every day that takes her out of her comfort zone, just as she did that fateful day that Thad challenged her to learn "Big Red. Thankfully for us all, she accepted. The future still holds countless dreams and challenges. With her br
Angus Barn Selected as Exclusive Caterer for American Tobacco’s Bay 7 - NCHeadlines.com
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"In the 52-year history of the Angus Barn, this is the first time we've extended our service and brand offsite," said Van Eure, owner of the Angus Barn and longtime friend of the Goodmon family, which owns American Tobacco.
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Founded in 1960, the Angus Barn is a distinguished fine-dining establishment in Raleigh, N.C., owned and managed by Van Eure. Featured in Sout... More
Founded in 1960, the Angus Barn is a distinguished fine-dining establishment in Raleigh, N.C., owned and managed by Van Eure. Featured in Southern Living magazine and on the CBS program "48 Hours" for its cuisine and exemplary service, the Angus Barn has won numerous awards including the Ivy Award, Gold Plate Award, DiRöNa (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) Award, Wine Spectator Grand Award, NRN 50 All-American Icon Restaurant and Fine Dining Hall of Fame Award.
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