Right in the heart of Rustburg, Long Mountain Grill offers delicious food, a friendly staff, and several dining options during the Phase 1 reopening process of COVID-19.
As small businesses begin reopening, General Manager Sandy Brooks says they are up and running to a degree, but “quarantine shut us down for about two weeks.” Yet once they were allowed to reopen for curbside and pickup, they went right back to work. “We’ve only been open since Sept 11th this year, but we are known for our barbecue—we have a barbecue pitmaster—but we offer a little bit of everything.”
Adhering to government policies, Long Mountain Grill is continuing to offer outdoor dining, carry out, curbside, and delivery services. But being a new restaurant makes it a difficult time to limit customers, and Brooks says, “Business has declined since quarantine, so we are working hard to be able to keep our nose above water at this point.”
To help combat the decline in sales, the eatery offers a Customer Appreciation program for deliveries, including a free pulled pork or chicken sandwich after eight deliveries. With certain restrictions, they are offering free deliveries for orders over $65 and free in-town deliveries to county offices, local law enforcement, and local businesses. They also deliver to homes within 15 miles for a small fee.
With government restrictions beginning to lighten, Brooks says, “We are currently open for outdoor seating and have five tables set up outside. We have live entertainment outside still on Fridays.”
In addition to steak, seafood, chicken and burgers, they also offer weekly specials and “a little bit fancier food specials for weekends” for those looking for a local place to have a nice date night. While waiting for the staff to freshly prepare your order, the restaurant also has a big outdoor Jenga game for fun, Brooks remarked.
Long Mountain Grill also believes in supporting local artists and musicians and often offers live entertainment, including local musicians Jason DeMont and Bo Heatherly. While quarantine restrictions kept the restaurant from allowing indoor dining, they offered “a Friday-only quarantine meal deal, with special pricing and live outdoor entertainment while people were waiting in their cars to pick up food.”
Brooks says the business has thoroughly enjoyed being in the local community. She remarked, “We really appreciate the folks who have been ordering and coming out to support us until we are able to open back up fully.”
The manager pointed out that the restaurant keeps their Facebook page updated with daily specials and updates on their hours and where they are in the reopening process. Long Mountain Grill’s slogan is, “Where Good Food and Friends Meet!”, and while they have continued to serve good food, they are anxious to get back to being a safe place for the local community to come together to meet.
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