Pub ’N’ Grub builds fan base
Banner Elk is full of places to eat.
With a thriving tourism industry that is supported by two local ski slopes and several seasonal attractions, including the ever-so-popular leaf season that brings out-of-state license plate tags from across the Southeast, the mountain community is not hurting when it comes to good eats.
So, when Shawn Strickland, owner of the recently opened Pub ’N’ Grub restaurant on Beech Mountain Parkway in Banner Elk, decided to capitalize on his years of restaurant experience, he knew he would have to think outside the traditional realm of fine dining and fast food.
Instead, Strickland took a chance on blending traditional and seated service with drive-through like speed with the idea of a mixed service restaurant.
“I just thought Banner Elk could use a place a little lower-price to the customer,” Strickland said.
The pub’s menu features your typical Americana choices, including hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and sloppy Joes, which come on a homemade artisan bun, while going the route of feel-good comfort foods with fish ’n’ chips, meatloaf, shepherd’s pie and a Southern delicacy — fried chicken.
And not to mention hand-cut steak fries. “Those have been really popular,” Strickland said.
When asked what he wanted patrons, and soon to be regulars, to take away from his new venture, Strickland said the message is clear.
“Just good homemade food at low prices with quick service,” Strickland said. “You can be in and out of here in 15 to 20 minutes.”
In an effort to drum up some business, Strickland has also introduced “Taco Tuesdays” to the mix with $1 hard shell and $2 soft shell tacos. The pub will also offer $1.50 domestic and $2 imports as beer specials on Tuesdays.
Like quality, as well as prompt service, you can’t rule out live music during a trip to the growing establishment.
“We have varied music and a lot of cover bands,” Strickland said. “They play songs that everyone knows.”
So far, the pub’s reception has been relatively warm, Strickland said.
“We’ve had mostly locals at first, people we personally knew,” he said. “We are seeing some repeat business and now some tourist action.”
The Pub ’N’ Grub is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call (828) 898-GRUB or visit http://www.facebook.com/pubngrubbannerelk.
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