Over There, Tupelo Honey Cafe, Farmer's Daughter Opening; Mocha Moving To Former Location Of Southern Comfort

Friday, September 6, 2013 - by Gail Perry

The City Beer Board on Thursday received beer license applications for several new restaurants in town.

Over There, represented by John Meeks, will be located at 388 Summerville, Ave. Opening is planned in three weeks for this restaurant that will sell beer to accompany fresh seafood.

Tupelo Honey Café opening in Warehouse Row will be the Ashville, N.C. -based chain’s sixth location. It was described as a restaurant serving Southern cuisine.

The restaurant expects the food to beer ration to be 76 to 24 percent. There will be a three-drink limit per person.

The Farmer’s Daughter is located in an abandoned service station at 1211 Hixson Pike, across the street from the old Greenlife Grocery. This business will be a small café and bar, serving breakfast and lunch for the first six months, with plans to transition into serving dinner at a later date. The fare is described as simply local, seasonal American food. Hours of operation are from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Sharon Kelly along with her three new partners, are moving her successful business, Mocha Restaurant and Music Lounge, from Brainerd Road to 511 Broad St., previously the location of Southern Comfort. Ms. Kelly’s plans are to provide fine dining while being able to listen to live music. The restaurant will be a smoke-free environment and will feature various themes different days of the week. One day will be for networking and building business relationships. The first Tuesday of each month will be Senior Day with live entertainment. Another theme will be geared to ages 10-21 with “Talent Teen Tuesday” where customers will be encouraged to perform on stage. Friday and Saturday nights will be known as “Mocha after Hours,” and will require upscale casual attire. She compared the concept for her restaurant as a “B.B. King Restaurant.”

Lunch hours are from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Doors will re-open at 5 p.m. for dinner, staying open until 11 or 11:30 p.m. After being complimented on her plans, Ms. Kelly said, “I hope I’ll make the city proud.”

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