Craig Deas, an Ohio native, said he fell in love with quaint little Mount Airy 15 years ago when he and his wife visited for Mayberry Days.
Now Deas has returned to Mount Airy, and his new business venture will add another facet to the attractions downtown. Deas’ sports bar, The Loaded Goat, will soon open at the former Trio restaurant location.
According to Deas, The Loaded Goat will feature eight big-screen televisions, a satisfying menu and an environment safe for all ages.
“This will be a place where families can gather after soccer practice or another event to relax, catch a game and get something good to eat,” explained Deas. “Families, women and guys will have a warm, safe and relaxed atmosphere to spend their time.”
Deas said his menu will be a work in progress. However, he said the pub will initially offer six to seven burgers, six to seven sandwiches, some “good unhealthy” appetizers and a couple of salad choices.
Deas said the beer selection won’t be huge, but it will provide an array of tastes capable of satisfying most visitors.
“We have four tap handles. On tap we will have one solid light beer, a seasonal and the other two are up for grabs,” explained Deas, who added that he will offer six to 10 additional bottled beers.
The Loaded Goat won’t be Deas’ first business venture. Though Deas worked full-time doing radio play-by-play for the Lake County Captains in northern Ohio, he has also owned two bars in that state. Deas said both were successful and upstanding establishments, but that both ventures “had run their course.”
Deas said he believes Mount Airy has a lot going for it. He highlighted Old North State Winery and Granite City Brews as doing great things in the community. “Grabbing an appetizer at the winery, a craft brew at Granite City and a burger from here could be a nice afternoon for somebody visiting the city,” said Deas.
While the name of Deas’ new pub is most certainly a play on an “Andy Griffith Show” episode in which Barney Fife leads a goat which has consumed dynamite out of town by playing a harmonica, Deas said the new establishment is about more than Mayberry.
“It’s about the people here,” said Deas. “I’m spending the money to do this right and offer something to the community that isn’t offered now.”
Deas said those looking for a comfortable environment in which to drink a beer, relax, watch sports and have a bite to eat will now have The Loaded Goat to which they can turn. The new pub will offer ESPN’s NFL Ticket, so any game a person wishes to see will be available.
According to Deas The Loaded Goat will be opening as soon as all blocks are checked with the health department and the Alcoholic Beverages Commission. He expects that to be around the beginning of October. Once the pub opens, hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. on Sundays.
Andy Winemiller is a staff writer at The Mount Airy News. Andy can be reached at (336) 415-4698.