A staple of downtown Lincolnton is celebrating its 10th anniversary today.
Court Street Grille opened its doors a decade ago, and the popular restaurant has seen a lot of success, and change, since then.
For starters, the number of employees has more than tripled, going from 10 to 36 or 37 now, Carrie Yousef, who owns the restaurant with her husband, Osama, said.
They have also upped their game in terms of dinnerware. Whereas they used to serve food in plastic baskets and drinks in Styrofoam cups, they now use “real” plates and cups.
The decor has also gone through some transformations and been added to, Carrie Yousef noted.
Court Street likewise offers dining specials now, with items such as prime rib among the favorites.
One of the biggest changes has been the addition of the side dining room six years ago, along with the couple’s eventual decision to purchase the building. This has allowed them to open up the property’s loft space, which they have recently started renting out for special occasions.
When the couple was preparing to open its second location in Mountain View, which has been up and running since the beginning of the year, Osama Yousef said at the time that he still has several goals in mind for his Lincolnton restaurant, with many of those plans centering on the loft space.
They would also like to see live music become a reality at the restaurant.
Despite their success, Osama Yousef still cites some challenges from over the years, including food costs. His dedication to using quality ingredients that taste better can be a costly affair when trying to maintain prices customers expect.
Keeping things fresh and exciting and continuing good customer service are both priorities moving forward, Carrie Yousef added.
While their employees have changed throughout the business’ existence, she noted how proud she and her husband are of them all.
“Over the years, we have had an outstanding staff,” she said.
Running a business downtown has also allowed them to make a lot of “good friends” and form many relationships.
“It’s just a big, extended family,” she added.
And they are likewise quick to proclaim their gratitude to the town that has supported them for a decade.
“Lincolnton and the surrounding area should be proud that it has been able to support and maintain a small, independent business for 10 years,” Osama Yousef said.