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Harvest Moon Grille to open for business Thursday

Chef Cassie Parsons (left) and General Manager Lisa Meyer plan out some remaining details in the week leading up to the opening of Harvest Moon Grille.

Chef Cassie Parsons (left) and General Manager Lisa Meyer plan out some remaining details in the week leading up to the opening of Harvest Moon Grille.

ELIZABETH HEFFNER
Staff Writer

A downtown Lincolnton restaurant dedicated to serving creative regional cuisine has announced it will open its doors this week.
Harvest Moon Grille, a restaurant featuring a variety of farm-to-table dishes, will officially open for business on Thursday, offering a breakfast and lunch menu from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The restaurant will host soft openings Tuesday and Wednesday for friends and family members.
“We have been really super blessed with the interest regarding Harvest Moon Grille’s opening,” Harvest Moon Grille owner and head chef Cassie Parsons said. “So, what we decided to do is on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we will be requiring reservations. It’s not going to be typical of us in the future, but because we’ve already had a massive amount of individuals expressing interest in coming, we don’t want anyone to miss out.”
Harvest Moon Grille has kept local residents up-to-date on the restaurant’s progress through social media.
“With all the work going on, and having such a great following online, we felt as a team it was important to really inform the community and future guests and get them engaged in the process,” Parsons said. “People spend money in places based on sheer habit, and they often don’t realize all of the components needed to make a business run. And as a society, there are times where we don’t realize the importance of local businesses.”
According to Parsons, the menu incorporates her Polish heritage into southern cuisine.
“We’ll have items like pancakes, waffles, bacon, grits — things that fill your belly up,” she said. “But we’ll also offer lighter, healthier options, like breakfast salads, and shots of fresh squeezed carrot juice and beet, ginger and apple juice shots.”
Since announcing the purchase of the former Main Street Café location in June, Parsons and her team have worked to transform the building into a chic restaurant.
“All of the paintings and coffee mugs were made by local artists,” she said. “The tables were hand-stained and made specifically for us. The seat covers were made from North Carolina materials. Even our bench outside was made from a local friend. We’re taking it to another level.
“This is about more than food to me and my team,” Parsons said. “This is about our community and the economic impact created by opening our doors.”
Those interested in making reservations at Harvest Moon Grille should contact (828) 446-8005 and leave your name, day and time request as well as a return phone number.
Harvest Moon Grille is located at 331 East Main Street in Lincolnton.

Parsons puts sandwiches together in the kitchen.

Parsons puts sandwiches together in the kitchen.

Images courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News

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