Pittsboro sandwich shop planned
Al’s Lunchbox: The owners of Al’s Diner in Pittsboro are opening a drive-through and walk-up sandwich shop across the street in part of a building that previously housed the coffee and ice cream shop, Circle City Java.
Shannon Plummer, the co-owner of the diner, said Al’s Lunchbox will serve box sandwiches with a side and a dessert. The plan is to offer sandwiches such as a turkey and brie option, a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich with avocado, or a Cuban, with sides such as homemade potato salad, broccoli salad, pasta salad, or chips.
The sandwich shop will open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Plummer said, and may have expanded hours during the summer. He said they’re planning to have Maple View Farm ice cream for sale.
The eatery will be at 517 West St., across from Al’s Diner, which is at 535 West St. in Pittsboro. Plummer said it’s about a half-mile down West Street at the next light if coming from the courthouse.
Al’s Diner has been in operation since 1997, said Plummer, who co-owns the business with his wife, Nikki. The diner is named for his son, Al, who was 2-years-old at the time that he bought and took over the business from his father, he said. He said his father had operated the diner since 1987.
The diner serves breakfast plates and lunch, with meat and vegetable specials. The slogan is “where good people meet to eat,” he said. They’re open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“Ninety percent of our clientele are regulars,” he said. “(I have) guys that eat with me three times a day.”
He said he was approached about expanding the business by the owners of the building across the street. He said that because the diner is busy, opening the additional location should alleviate some of the diner’s congestion.
They hope to open the new business by mid-March. For information, call Al’s Diner at 919-542-5800.
Farm to fork: A group is raising money to try to open a farm-to-fork restaurant called Succotashed in Siler City, which is in Chatham County, according to the website succotashed.com.
There is a campaign on the website Indiegogo to raise $9,500 so that the owners of the proposed café can buy kitchen equipment and commercial appliances, such as convection oven and energy-efficient refrigerators.
They want to open the restaurant in downtown Siler City, and source ingredients from the café, such as vegetables and meat, from local farmers.
For information about the crowdfunding campaign, go to the website at indiegogo.com/projects/succotashed-farm-to-fork-cafe-in-siler-city?c=home.
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