LM Restaurants News
Carolina Ale House will open in Chapel Hill
Sports bar concept going in on Franklin Street.
Chapel Hill , NC – Carolina Ale House will open a location in Chapel Hill, NC in the next 12 months at 419 West Franklin Street. The announcement came today from Lou Moshakos, president and owner of LM Restaurants, the hospitality management company affiliated with 13 Carolina Ale Houses in North Carolina. In total, the concept has 21 locations throughout the southeast.
“We’ve been looking for a location on Franklin Street for years,” described Moshakos. “This spot is perfect for us.” The project will be a remodel of the former Chapel Hill Chrysler & Plymouth dealership. No other details are available at this time.
Taverna Agora Will Relocate to Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh , NC – Lou Moshakos, President & Owner of LM Restaurants, confirmed yesterday that Taverna Agora will relocate late this summer to 326 Hillsborough Street. The restaurant will sit between Second Empire Restaurant & Tavern and the newly rebranded Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown hotel. It is a 4,900-square-foot stand-alone building. Taverna Agora is a Greek restaurant & bar owned & operated by LM Restaurants, a Raleigh-based hospitality management group. Moshakos opened Taverna in 2003 at 6101 Glenwood Avenue.
Lou Moshakos & Vice President Joy Moshakos were named 2014 Restaurateurs of the Year by the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association in January. This year they also plan to open the much-anticipated Carolina Ale House on Glenwood South, the first Carolina Ale House in Tennessee & several more Carolina Ale House locations in North Carolina.
Local Restaurant Group, LM Restaurants, Well-Represented at 3rd Annual Fire on the Dock Competition
Bluewater will host again, Chef Tiffany of Hops Supply Co. will compete.
Wilmington , NC – Monday, January 27, Bluewater Waterfront Grill will host the 3rd annual local chef competition, Fire on the Dock, part of the 2014 “Got To Be NC” Competition Dining Series. Bluewater was chosen to be the venue sponsor once again this year because of its vicinity to the docks that line the Intracoastal Waterway.
“Bluewater is the perfect fit for this competition,” stated Jimmy Crippen, NC Competition Dining’s owner. “Not only is it on the water, but the beautiful and spacious 3rd floor event space, upstairs kitchen and professional banquet staff all work in our favor for this event. We’re happy to be here again.”
LM Restaurants, the parent company of Bluewater, will have another restaurant represented in the competition on opening night. Chef Tiffany Eslien, Chef of Hops Supply Co. (Voted Best New Restaurant, Encore 2013), will compete against Chef Clarke Merrell of Circa 81in Morehead City. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” said Eslien, “I attended as a guest last year and have recruited a great competition team. I know we will represent HopsCo well.” Chef Tiffany is one of three female chefs in this year’s competition.
Tickets can be purchased at www.competitiondining.com. All Fire on the Dock events will take place at Bluewater located at 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC starting at 6:30pm.
Henry’s to donate $6,940.00 to Lower Cape Fear Hospice
Wilmington , NC – General Manager Jason Ivady and the staff at Henry’s restaurant in Wilmington will donate $6,940.00 to Lower Cape Fear Hospice as a result of their Fall Jubilee fundraiser. The money collected was a combined effort of multiple partners, including the Elks Club of Wilmington.
“Lower Cape Fear Hospice provided excellent care to a former employee during her last days with us this summer,” explained Ivady. “When we decided to host a Fall Jubliee, there was no hesitation as to what organization would benefit. We had a great turn out and raised a phenomenal amount of money thanks to our loyal guests, the medical community, the Elks club and our incredible staff.”
LM Restaurants ranks #35 in Triangle Business Journal’s Fast 50
Raleigh , NC – Tuesday, Nov. 19th, Lou Moshakos, President and Owner of LM Restaurants, Inc., accepted a Fast 50 award for the 8th time in 9 years. LM Restaurants (LMR) now ranks as the 35th Fastest Growing Private Company in the Triangle according to the Triangle Business Journal and the accounting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers.
The company’s growth is attributed to continuing to open new restaurants in 2012 and improving upon and maintaining existing properties. The company’s most impressive achievements over the last 24 months were opening a new gastropub concept in Wilmington, NC called Hops Supply Co., hosting Fire on the Dock/Competition Dining at Bluewater in Wrightsville Beach, saving & rebuilding the Crystal Pier off the Oceanic (also in Wrightsville), starting demolition on 500 Glenwood South in Raleigh and opening new Carolina Ale House (CAH) locations in Concord & Winston-Salem, NC, while supporting a licensee in their opening of the first CAH in Texas (Killeen/Fort Hood.)
LM Restaurants was established by Lou & Joy Moshakos in 1978 and is the parent company of Carolina Ale House and several other award-winning restaurants on the East Coast (www.lmrest.com). The hospitality management group employs approximately 1,700 people in North Carolina and is poised to open at least four more restaurants in 2014. LMR earned a Pinnacle Business Award from the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce in for Growth and Profitability this year and ranked 27th in the North Carolina Mid-Market Fast 40 by Business NC in 2012.
Carolina Ale House Opens Two Locations This week
Raleigh , NC – Carolina Ale House, named one of the 50 Fastest Growing Chains by Restaurant Business Magazine, is quickly expanding throughout the Southeast. Wednesday, the brand’s footprint expanded to 23 locations, as new restaurants were opened in Winston-Salem, NC and Killeen, TX.
“Our goal is to have 50 Carolina Ale Houses (CAH) opened in the next 4 years,” boasted President and Owner of LM Restaurants, Lou Moshakos. LM Restaurants is the management company affiliated with 13 CAH locations. The other locations are managed by licensees.
Not only do the two new locations equate to nearly 300 new jobs, but each restaurant is also committed to donating a percentage of their opening food sales to local charities. The benefactor in Winston-Salem will be Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. In Killeen, funds are being raised for the USO Fort Hood.
“Every time we enter a new market, we strive to immediately connect with our local community,” stated Mindy Stroupe, Corporate Communications Manager for LM Restaurants. “Both Second Harvest & the USO’s missions align nicely with our philanthropic priorities. Our teams are excited to be able to support these outstanding charities during opening week.”
Carolina Ale House–Concord To Donate $5,000 to Speedway Children’s Charities
Concord , NC – The management team of Carolina Ale House in Concord Mills will present Lisa Starnes, the Director of Speedway Children’s Charities of Charlotte, a check for $5,000 this Friday, September 20th at the restaurant located at 8695 Concord Mills Blvd. The money was raised during the restaurant’s opening week this past July.
“The community of Concord has been so welcoming,” stated Kenny Voigt, General Manager of Carolina Ale House Concord. “We are thrilled to be able to give such a large donation to the Speedway Children’s Charities. Guests were pleased to know their dining dollars were directly given back to their local community.”
The presentation will take place as the Carolina Ale House & Speedway Children’s Charities partner again to welcome Global Rallycross (GRC) to Charlotte Motor Speedway. GRC cars and drivers will be on-site and accessible at Carolina Ale House this Friday from 6 – 10 p.m. The charity will also hold a live auction for the highest bidder to win a ride along with a GRC driver and paddock passed to GRC. Once again, food sales from that evening will be donated to Speedway Children’s Charities
Oceanic removes crane from the Crystal Pier
Construction of the Pier reaches its final phase!
Wrightsville Beach , NC – Yesterday, the crane that sat atop the Crystal Pier at Oceanic for the last several months was removed. It was a memorable moment, as this was a positive indication construction to the new and improved pier is close to completion. The removal of the crane took the assistance of a giant Link-Belt crane that has also been situated along the pier for several months. The two machines have been used in conjunction to rebuild the structure. Monday the cranes will leave the beach and work crews will continue putting their final touches on the pier.
The Crystal Pier has been open to diners for the past few months, but the final portion of the pier that will ultimately be open for public access and fishing is taking a while longer to complete. A final completion date has not been set, but LM Restaurant’s Facilities and Development Coordinator, Bruce Knight, anticipates just a few weeks.
The final structure will reach approximately 500 feet from the restaurant.
Oceanic (www.OceanicRestaurant.com) is the only restaurant in Wrightsville Beach situated on the Atlantic Ocean. Its menu focuses on fresh seafood. The restaurant is family owned and locally operated by LM Restaurants, Inc. (LMR). LMR is financing the pier project.
Carolina Ale House raises $22,000 for Kids ‘N Community
Raleigh , NC – Katherine Goldfaden, Director of Marketing of LM Restaurants, announced today that the Carolina Ale House raised $22,000 for the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation (KNCF) during the 2013 Hearts for the Hurricanes campaign.
All 11 NC-based Carolina Ale House (CAH) restaurants were
challenged to sell hearts and magnets to benefit KNCF during the month of
February. This year’s totals exceed last year’s donation by nearly
$1,000. Doug Warf, Vice President of Marketing for the Carolina
Hurricanes and Executive Director of the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, was
thrilled. “This kind of gift makes a great impact in the communities in which
Carolina Ale Houses are located.”
Giving back to its local communities is a critical mission of the CAH family of restaurants. In 2012, CAH donated over $150,000 in resources, food, and monetary funds to organizations and individuals in need throughout NC. “I am proud of our teams and the support of our customers during this year’s campaign,” stated Doug Besser, Director of Operations of Carolina Ale House. “We hope to add another $6,000 to this year’s donation through Points for Kids.” Points for Kids is a program in which Carolina Ale House donates $100 for each point the Canes earn in the standings.
KNCF is a youth-focused organization that works to provide organizational and financial assistance to area youth programs. The Carolina Hurricanes visit the Washington Capitals tonight at the Verizon Center (7:00 pm). The Hurricanes will host the Washington Capitals on Thursday, March 14, in their next game at the PNC Arena. For information on 2012-13 Carolina Hurricanes ticket packages, please visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com, or call 1-866-NHL-CANES.
LM Restaurants Ranks #22 in Triangle Business Journal's Fast 50
Raleigh, NC – “Opa!” rang from the crowd as Lou Moshakos, Owner and President, accepted his seventh Fast 50 award in eight years at the Triangle Business Journal’s Fast 50 Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, November 15th. The Raleigh-based hospitality group earned the 22nd spot on the annual list of the 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Triangle.
LM Restaurants was established by Lou & Joy Moshakos in 1978. The family-owned company now employs 1,950 people in the Triangle and is poised to open at least three more restaurants in 2012, creating approximately 450 additional jobs. The Moshakos’ mantra of “Service is King” and the steady growth and popularity of their sports-themed concept, Carolina Ale House, helped them place on the distinguished list.
are proud to be honored among the top Fastest Growing Private Companies in
the Triangle again this year,” stated Joy Moshakos, Vice President of LM
Restaurants. "We couldn't have done it without the commitment of our employees. Their dedication to our philosophy of excellence
really made a difference."
Carolina Ale House Exceeds Fundraising Goal
$23,000 donated to Carolina Hurricanes’ Kids ‘N Community Foundation
Raleigh , NC – On April 6th, Lou & Joy Moshakos, owners of locally owned and operated LM Restaurants, Inc., presented Doug Warf, Executive Director of the Kids ‘N Community Foundation (KNCF), with a check for $23,000. The total came from the combined efforts of two fundraising initiatives: Points for Kids & Heart of the Hurricanes. The donation is $7,000 more than the company raised during the 2009-2010 hockey season.
As part of their partnership
in Points for Kids, Carolina Ale House donates $100 to KNCF for every point the
Canes earn in the standings. The Canes’
awesome run at the end of this season motivated LM Restaurants to round their
total giving up to $10,000.
In addition to Points for Kids, Carolina Ale House also sells KNCF branded paper hearts and car magnets every February during their in-restaurant Heart of the Hurricanes campaign. This year the eight NC-based locations raised $13,000, which was more than double their total in 2010.
“We are thrilled that Carolina Ale House managers, staff and guests got so behind our Heart of the Hurricanes program,” Warf commented about the restaurants’ initiative. “The fundraiser not only raised much needed money for our grant giving, but also helped raised awareness of the Foundation in the Triangle, Wilmington and Fayetteville areas.”
Moshakos added, “We are HUGE fans of the ‘Canes and their Foundation. We appreciate the local youth programs KNCF supports. We look forward to an even bigger donation next year!”
KNCF is a youth-focused organization that works to provide organizational and financial assistance to area youth programs. Carolina Ale House has raised over $63,000 to the Foundation since 2007.
Carolina Ale House, established in 1999, plans expand community partnerships like that with the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, as it’s slated to open three more North Carolina locations by 2012 (Greenville, Jacksonville & Charlotte.) They currently operate 15 locations; six locations in the Triangle, locations in Wilmington and Fayetteville, NC, a small outlet in Terminal 2 of RDU International Airport, three locations South Carolina, one in Georgia and two in South Florida.
Foodraiser to Benefit Hospitality's Stars of Tomorrow
Cape Fear Community College Pineapple Guild, NC HEF & Bluewater Waterfront Grill
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
at Bluewater Waterfront Grill
Choice of Seatings
7:00pm & 7:30pm
Enjoy a 2-course meal prepared and served by local Cape Fear Community College hospitality students in partnership with Bluewater Waterfront Grill.
100% of proceeds benefit NC Hospitality Education Founcation and CFCC Pineapple Guild.
$35 per person includes meal, 2 complimentary glasses of wine and dessert in the Captain's Lounge.
Donations are welcome in lieu of gratuity.
You may purchase tickets HERE. You may also visit or call the restaurant to purchase your tickets.Join us this Saturday for our 3rd annual HARBOR BASH featuring Soul Power Posse!Check HERE for the full lineup of our 2011 Waterfront Music Series.Food graciously donated by
Bluewater Waterfront Grill
4 Marina Street
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Local Restaurant to Let Cape Fear Community College Take Over Their Kitchen
Bluewater to host benefit for local hospitality students
Wrightsville Beach, NC – Bluewater is challenging hospitality management students at Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) to coordinate a full scale sit down fundraising event on location that will include a three course meal, live entertainment and a silent auction. The reward for their efforts? A generous donation towards educational scholarships to help with travel costs to an annual food show.
Bluewater’s inaugural Foodraiser will benefit both the CFCC Pineapple Guild and the NC Hospitality Educational Fund (NC HEF). The Pineapple Guild is a student club for CFCC hotel-restaurant and culinary students. 75% of the event proceeds will help fund club members’ annual trip to the National Restaurant Association Expo in Chicago. The remaining 25% of the proceeds will go to NC HEF, designated for scholarships to assist individuals in pursuing educational programs in hospitality and tourism. Tickets for the unique 3-course sit down dinner event go on sale Tuesday, March 23.
Who: Open to the public
What: Foodraiser put on by local CFCC students to benefit local CFCC students
Where: Bluewater, 4 Marina Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
When: Wednesday, April 14, seatings at 7 and 7:30pm
How:Click here to purchase tickets or call Bluewater at 910.256.8500.
Tickets are $35 per person and includes dinner, one complimentary glass of wine, light hors d’oeuvres in the Captain’s Lounge, live entertainment and a silent auction.
Carolina Ale House raised $6,002.90 for Kid's 'N Community during February 2010!
February 2010 marked the third year that Carolina Ale House participated in the paper hearts campaign. All North Carolina locations offered “Heart of the Hurricanes” paper hearts for $1 and magnetic hearts for $3. All proceeds from the sales of paper and magnetic hearts benefited the Kids 'N Community Foundation.
Carolina Ale House Opens in Fayetteville
LM Restaurants opens its 13th sports-themed restaurant in the South East
Fayetteville, NC – Carolina Ale House will open in Fayetteville TODAY at 161 Glensford Drive in front of Barnes & Noble at Cross Creek Mall. The family-friendly, sports-themed restaurant will be open 11am – 2am daily. Carolina Ale House is locally owned and operated by Raleigh-based hospitality management company, LM Restaurants.
The Fayetteville location will be the 13th Carolina Ale House to open in the concept’s 11 year history. “We are fortunate to experience this kind of growth during these economic times,” said president and owner of LM Restaurants, Lou Moshakos. LM Restaurants named the twelfth fastest growing company in the Triangle by Triangle Business Journal in 2009. “We are excited to bring the Carolina Ale House concept to Fayetteville. We are confident it will be a great fit in this wonderful, close-knit community.”
LM Restaurants Expects to Raise Over $5,000 Towards Hunger Relief in Haiti - 10% of supper sales on Feb. 6th will be donated to the UN World Food Programme
LM Restaurant Group Decides to Change Direction in Cary
Cary, NC – Lou Moshakos, President and owner of LM Restaurants (LMR) of Raleigh, recently opened his twelfth Carolina Ale House (Wilmington, NC) and is on track to open four more South East locations in 2010. Subsequently, he has decided to close the doors to Bentley’s at Crossroads. Moshakos explained, “The restaurant was not performing up to expectations. Due to the expansion of the Carolina Ale House and time spent on our other brands in Wilmington, we feel like this is the right move for now.”
Further details about a potential replacement concept are not available at this time. Until then, LMR will maintain the property located in Cary’s Crossroads Plaza. Guests with reservations at Bentley’s who’s information is on file will be contacted and given the opportunity to transfer their reservations to Taverna Agora, LMR’s Greek restaurant. Others can call the corporate office at 919-851-0858 for more information.
LM Restaurants (LMR) was recently named the 11th fastest growing private company in the Triangle by the Triangle Business Journal. LMR continues to expand its Carolina Ale House brand with plans to open locations in Fayetteville, NC on Feb. 21st, Augusta, GA & Greenville, SC this summer and a rooftop location on Glenwood South in late fall.
LM Restaurants is the parent company of several award-winning restaurants on the east coast (www.lmrest.com). Carolina Ale House, est. in 1999, boasts twelve locations (six locations in the Triangle, a NEW location in Wilmington, NC, a small outlet in Terminal 2 of RDU International Airport, two locations South Carolina and two in South Florida.) Taverna Agora (Raleigh) is an authentic Greek restaurant and bar. Oceanic (on Wrightsville Beach) offers fresh seafood and panoramic beachfront dining; Eddie Romanelli’s (Wilmington and Leland) offers American Italian cuisine. Henry’s (Wilmington) is a casual American restaurant and Bluewater (Wrightsville Beach) is a picturesque waterfront grill situated on the Intracoastal Waterway. In addition to its restaurants, LM Restaurants also manages AQ Catering & Events (Wilmington, NC.)
Carolina Ale House Continues to Expand - Fayetteville Here We Come!
Raleigh, NC - LM Restaurants, Inc. owner and President, Lou Moshakos has confirmed he is expanding the Carolina Ale House concept to Fayetteville, NC. The restaurant will occupy what was Tony Roma’s, located at 161 Glensford Drive. Construction is to begin within weeks and the store is slated to open in mid-December.
The Fayetteville location will be the second Carolina Ale House to open before the end of this year. A site in Wilmington, NC is currently under construction and scheduled to open this November. Architect Frank Smith of SMITH2Design in Wilmington has been hired to design the Carolina Ale Houses in Fayetteville and Wilmington. Smith also worked on Bluewater, LM’s two-story waterfront grill on the Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach, NC.
Henry’s Chef Jason Ivady to Appear on WECT’s Carolina in the Morning
Jason Ivady, Henry’s Restaurant executive chef and general manager, will appear Thursday, August 13th at 5:50am on WECT’s “Carolina in the Morning” television program with Bob Townsend. This is the first of a series of cooking segments that Chef Jason will be doing on the NBC affiliate’s #1 rated morning show.
The first episode features a demonstration of how to prepare the delicious Watermelon and Feta Summer Salad from the repertoire of Chef Jason. Podcasts of this appearance and the recipe for this seasonal specialty will be available beginning August 14th on www.wect.com and www.henrysrestaurant.com.
Located at 2508 Independence Blvd. in Barclay Commons, Henry’s is a casual American restaurant in the heart of Wilmington. Featuring Chef Jason’s daily blackboard specials, Henry’s offers a wide selection of lunch and dinner selections in an elegant Craftsman-style atmosphere. Outdoor patio dining is available and the private Pine Room accommodates business and social functions for up to 30 people. A local favorite, Henry’s is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2009.
LM Restaurants Announces 4th Quarter Growth Plans
Wilmington, NC – LM Restaurants, Inc. owner and president, Lou Moshakos, confirmed this weekend he has finally found real estate in Wilmington, NC for the 14th Carolina Ale House location. Carolina Ale House is LM Restaurants’ core brand and is a family-friendly, sports-themed high energy restaurant.
“It took over five years to find the perfect location to launch the Carolina Ale House brand in Wilmington,” Moshakos explained, “but it was worth the wait.”
Renovation plans are already underway to transform Boater’s World located at 317 S. College Road to the new Carolina Ale House. Architect Frank Smith of SMITH2Design in Wilmington has been hired to design the changes. Smith recently completed the waterfront bar renovation at Bluewater, LM Restaurants’ location in Wrightsville Beach. Bluewater’s expanded outdoor patio and bar now accommodates more guests and provides enhanced customer service for locals and tourists alike. With the launch of Bluewater’s summertime menu and the addition of new parking spaces, Bluewater has transformed into ‘the’ place to gather with family and friends on the Intracoastal Waterway.