2/28/19 – Restaurant to serve Southern fare

Posted on: February 28th, 2019 by admin


February 28, 2019


By: Virginia Annable



A new Southern-style restaurant will replace Bud’s Diner in Lenoir to bring breakfast, lunch and dinner back to the former Shoney’s building on Wilkesboro Boulevard, which has been empty since last June.


Southern Crossroads will open in March, a second restaurant for owner Jeff Austin, who also owns Southern Comforts in Blowing Rock, which has been open for about 5 years. The two restaurants will mirror each other with every Southern food imaginable, Austin said.


“We’ll have it all,” Austin said.


The restaurant will have breakfast and lunch seven days a week and serve dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


Austin has been in the restaurant business since he could work, helping out at the family restaurant Mountain House in Boone until it closed in 2014. That’s when he opened Southern Comforts, offering Southern specials such as chicken and dumplings, and country-style steak.


“I think it (Lenoir) needs a good Southern place to eat — there’s not too many places here,” Austin said.


The restaurant will have a family atmosphere, Austin said. After a month of repainting, cleaning and decorating, it’s nearly ready to open, he’s just putting in the finishing touches — like antique furniture and metal rooster statues — and waiting on a new sign.


Austin said he was happy to see a hotel opening down the road, a Hampton Inn and Suites, which is also expected to open in March.


“There’s a lot of traffic in the area,” Austin said, which is one reason he chose the location.


Austin hopes the restaurant is welcoming, charming and warm like a Southern kitchen should be.


“It’s going to be cozy and inviting,” he said.


The restaurant is set to open on March 11. For more information, visit the Southern Crossroads Facebook page.

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