Old Mitchell’s Grocery building getting new life as steakhouse | Local Business News

New life is being breathed into the previous legendary Mitchell’s Grocery setting up on U.S. 501 just north of Lynchburg — apart from steak will be changing the famous fried rooster.

After being in organization 65 a long time, the regionally owned grocery retail outlet and gas station closed in 2014 and has been sitting vacant at any time considering the fact that.

This drop, Kevin Smith, Roger Keeling and Roger’s spouse, Carolyn, will open a new steakhouse there, Fleming Mountain Grill.

The 4,000-square-foot steakhouse, with a yard overlooking Fleming Mountain, will supply a minimal menu, salad bar and custom made-designed breads.

“We program to capitalize on that as very well with a long term approach for outside seating that appears out in excess of the mountain,” Roger Keeling said.

Smith said he envisions the cafe to be someplace in between New London Steakhouse in Forest and William & Henry Steakhouse in Lynchburg.

“William & Henry and Shoemakers [American Grille in Lynchburg] are pretty extravagant eating places and they serve fantastic foodstuff, but it might not be for every person, and New London is more a regional hangout, so we’d like to locate ourselves correct in the middle and be a spot wherever you can go for a distinctive food before attending a display or celebrating an anniversary,” he reported.

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They stated there is no mid-amount steakhouse in the Boonsboro location which is also obtainable to Forest by the nearby Lynchburg Expressway.

Smith and Keeling hope the cafe will be welcoming to all people in the group. Keeling claimed Fleming Mountain Grill will be a quite friendly put exactly where staff members will keep in mind customers’ names and orders.

“You’re likely to see friendly faces with smiles who want to serve a good food and a very good steak, and it’s heading to have a definitely superior sense to it each from a people today standpoint and from the aesthetics of the assets by itself,” he reported.

Because the constructing experienced been vacant for 8 decades, the house owners are doing the job with Bedford County to make it operational all over again and have lately gotten electrical energy back up and managing.

They have eliminated all of the grocery parts of the space and will be incorporating some new partitions to create new spaces as very well as rework the kitchen area.

Smith and Keeling are working on sprucing up house by incorporating extra environmentally friendly spaces, new roofing and potentially barn doorways.

The iconic “Mitchell’s” signal will be removed as a new façade of black, white and gray is produced on the exterior.

“We’re variety of shooting for an upscale, rustic variety of really feel within, but not upscale to the place where it is scary,” Keeling said. “Just a genuinely wonderful rustic feel inside that will make you come to feel excellent when you appear in and wherever you are greeted by the very same faces all the time.”

As far as the confined menu goes, Smith mentioned it calls for a lot less staffing, which is a problem numerous eating places across the region are working with at present.

“We actually want to truly equipment it in the direction of these steaks and glimpse at executing something and doing it appropriate, and that’s our greatest purpose,” he claimed. “So we’re likely to deliver in some restricted specials to accompany the steaks, perhaps like a surf-and-turf, but we definitely just want to focus on being a great steak dwelling.”

Smith claimed there will be a platter of beef introduced at each desk, offering the chance for buyers to pick the size and cut of their steak.

“The man or woman that comes out to provide that for you and slash that for you is heading to recognize a large amount about that piece of meat and be capable to explain it to you and clarify a wine preference,” Smith stated. “So we’re heading to be equipped to seriously make it a individual knowledge for each individual particular person at the desk.”

Megan Lucas, CEO of the Lynchburg Regional Enterprise Alliance, mentioned Fleming Mountain Grill will be “a great addition to our escalating ‘foodie’ ecosystem.”

“Folks in our region love a enjoyable and one of a kind dining expertise, which is dependent on excellent meals, fantastic customer support in a great natural environment. I think that we’ll be blown away by the natural beauty of the site and the relaxed setting of Fleming Mountain Grill will offer,” Lucas stated.