A new farm-to-table food venture will take over the downtown Lincolnton site of the former 36th Street Bakery, Lincoln Economic Development Association officials announced Thursday.
The restaurant, to be called Farmer Baker Sausage Maker, is owned by chef Cassie Parsons, Natalie Veres and Doug and Lillie Marshall and will initially employ between 20 and 25 people when it opens its doors this fall.
Described as both “innovative” and “authentic,” the restaurant plans to “bring a completely new concept of food preparation and consumption to the Lincolnton area,” a LEDA press release noted.
Parsons and Veres, Denver residents who run Grateful Growers Farm on Mack Ballard Road, own the Harvest Moon Grille at the Dunhill Hotel in Charlotte, where they are strong advocates for the local-foods movement. They raise pigs and supply pork products for the restaurant and for sale elsewhere.
Parsons, an Upstate New York native who moved to Lincoln County more than 10 years ago, has received attention from national media for her use of locally sourced ingredients.
She recently traveled to Slovenia to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Arts Envoy Program, during which she traveled the country to learn about its history and food culture for an eight-episode TV series.
Their new venture is primed to be the “next generation of their commitment to local, hand-crafted and sustainably produced food,” the release noted.
With a mission “to unite culinary artistry with ‘craftsmanship agriculture’ in order to produce extraordinary food,” the Lincolnton restaurant will serve dishes made with naturally raised foods produced within 100 miles of the area.
“We’ll have fun and creative sandwiches on our house-made bread, an array of fresh and unique salads,” Parsons said in the release. “Dinner will be more upscale, featuring locally raised meats and tons of vegetables. It will change frequently as the growing season brings different produce. Our weekend brunch will be a mix of traditional favorite breakfast fare and signature sandwiches.”
“In addition to full-service dining, retail sale of meat, breads and prepared ‘heat and eat’ meals will also be offered,” she added. “We are also planning retail sale of locally brewed beer and wines. The menu will be fun and full of freshness.”
In their effort to offer more dining options, as well as create jobs, the owners describe themselves as “small-town downtown” enthusiasts who also hope to draw more visitors and encourage other entrepreneurs to come to downtown to establish Lincolnton as a tourist destination and boost its economy.
“We believe that folks shouldn’t have to go to a big city for a great meal and a fine glass of wine or beer,” she said. “ … (We) want to be part of creating something special here. We believe Lincolnton is on the verge of some amazing things.”
Lincolnton officials echoed similar sentiments in their statements regarding the new venture.
“This addition to downtown will give residents as well as visitors another great reason to dine locally,” Mayor John Gilleland said.
City Manager Jeff Emory added that he believes the restaurant “will be a great asset to Lincolnton, Lincoln County and the entire region.”
“Citizens will be thrilled with the quality products they provide,” he said.
For more information, visit: www.farmerbakersausagemaker.com.