Pepper's turns 35
A High Country tradition turns 35, and you're invited to the party.
As celebrations go, it's going to be a big one.
At least that's what the folks at Pepper's Restaurant say.
Pepper's Restaurant has gone through changes, most notably the addition of the bar with liquor by the drink, but all in all, it's the same restaurant you grew up with.
Just ask Josh Pepper, who has literally grown up at Pepper's.
"Started out busing and worked my way up through the trials of waiting tables and cashiering, but it's been an adventure ... trying to learn the ways of my dad (Jack Pepper) and what not," he said. "He seems to have done pretty well after 35 years."
Pepper has witnessed firsthand the shift from just a restaurant to an established High Country tradition.
"A lot of our customers are repeat customers that have come in here since they began ... people that went to Appalachian (State University) are now bringing their own kids in," he said.
To the folks at Pepper's, it's always been about community.
"We really try to keep the money in the community. We buy a lot of stuff in the community through different local distributors, try to do what a small business in town should do," Pepper said.
That's why the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce once designated the restaurant Business of the Year.
To Pepper, it's not just the restaurant that has something to celebrate after 35 years; it's also the community that's kept it in business.
"We're trying to get as many people in here as possible to help celebrate with us," he said.
Festivity highlights include free carrot cake ("All day, as long as it lasts"), giveaways and a food discount.
"We're going to be doing 35 percent off," he said, one percent for each year Pepper's has been in business, the biggest discount in the restaurant's history, and that's not all.
"The band Union County will be here, and that's always a good time," he said.
The party happens May 11. Union County plays starting at 7 p.m.
Friday, May 7 - Live Blues with The King Bees Duo - 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, May 8 - Live Jazz with The Lucky Strikes - 8-11 p.m.
Sunday, May 9 - Mother's Day (reservations strongly suggested, 828-262-1250)
Tuesday, May 11 - Pepper's 35th Anniversary - 35 percent off all food all day, drink specials all day, Pepper's Birthday Celebration with special giveaways and live music with Union County from 7-10 p.m.
Friday, May 14 - Live Music with Don Vallarta - 8-11 p.m.
Saturday, May 15 - Live Music with The Major Sevens - 9 p.m.-midnight
Friday, May 21 - Live Music with Paul Cataldo - 8-11 p.m.
Saturday, May 22 - Live R&B with Tin Can Alley - 9 p.m.-midnight
Friday, May 28 - Live Blues with Matt Walsh - 8-11 p.m.
Saturday, May 29 - Live Music - TBA
Custard Depot opens Friday
By Melanie Marshall
The Custard Depot ice cream parlor will be open for business as of Friday at noon.
Vanilla and chocolate will be made fresh daily, with sundaes, shakes, a variety of toppings and banana splits available. There will be a weekly featured flavor with the first week set as butter pecan. The Custard Depot also serves coffee and premium chocolate bars. Treats will start in the $2-price range.
The Custard Depot is located on Depot Street in downtown Boone. Hours of operation will be Thursday and Friday, 12 to 10 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday 12 to 9 p.m., closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
For more information, visit http://www.custarddepot.com or become a fan at facebook.com/thecustarddepot.com.
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