Lincolnton now has something Hickory and Gastonia do not.
Fatz Cafe, which opened this week, is already off to a good start.
The new restaurant has a relaxing atmosphere with a wide variety of food on the menu.
Featured items include a plate of Calabash chicken tenders, which are hand breaded and soaked in buttermilk, and then grilled. Other popular items include shrimp and grits and a Pacific chicken salad with marinated chicken.
Byron Sackett, operating partner for Fatz, is excited to have the restaurant in Lincolnton.
â€œI love seeing peopleâ€™s faces when they come in the door,â€ he said. â€œThey are like â€˜Wow, this is Lincolnton.â€™â€
Sackett hopes the new restaurant will also pull customers from Hickory, Gastonia and Charlotte.
The restaurant offers dim lighting and couches to wait on before being seated.
â€œYou can leave your worries at the door,â€ Sackett said.
His goal is to have people feel at home when they come to eat.
â€œWe donâ€™t call them customers when they come here, they are our guests,â€ he said.
More than 130 pictures of local people from Cherryville, Lincolnton, Maiden and Denver line the walls of the restaurant, allowing people to walk around and read captions of people they know underneath them.
Pictures include local folks appearing with Presidents John F. Kennedy and George Bush.
Others show some of the local businesses.
Sackett spent months gathering the pictures, which primarily came from the Lincoln County Historical Association.
â€œWe wanted to bring back some nostalgia with pictures that people will recognize,â€ he said.
There are also old newspapers posted on the wall from the former Lincoln County News. The issue when President Kennedy was assassinated on Nov 25, 1963 is one issue that is displayed.
The restaurant also has a bar off to the side, showcasing pictures of some of the local sports history.
Fatz Cafe made the commitment to bring the restaurant to Lincolnton last January.
Sackett said opening the restaurant has been something he wanted to do for a long time.
â€œI wanted to bring some place to Lincolnton where you could get a good meal and good service,â€ he said.
The hours of the restaurant are Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Once high school football season starts, Friday and Saturday hours will be extended until midnight.
To keep a family setting, the restaurant is smoke-free until 3 p.m. by Amy Wadsworth