Today marks the first day of business for The Loaded Goat, a new sports bar and grill located at the Main Oak Emporium in Mount Airy.
Owner Craig Deas said the new restaurant will open around 4 p.m. today. He added that the Autumn Leaves festival, which also gets under way today, will present both challenges and opportunities for his new business.
Deas hails from northern Ohio, where he worked as a radio commentator for a minor league baseball team and also ran two restaurants. When Deas visited Mount Airy years ago for Mayberry Days, he decided to move to the area eventually. He said The Loaded Goat was his perfect opportunity to move south.
The Loaded Goat features a menu comprised of burgers, sandwiches, some “unhealthy” appetizers and a couple choices of salads, according to Deas.
The restaurant has two beers on tap — Miller Lite and Samuel Adams Octoberfest — and a number of bottled beers. It also has a wine selection that includes national brands and local choices from Shelton Vineyards and Old North State Winery.
The Loaded Goat will also feature something not widely available in Mount Airy — a full bar. Deas said there is no drink he and his staff can’t mix for a customer.
Drink prices at the new restaurant start at $3 for a domestic bottled beer.
According to Deas the sports-themed restaurant and bar will present a family friendly atmosphere for folks to grab a drink and a burger and relax in front of one of The Loaded Goat’s numerous televisions.
Deas has been working for weeks to give the former Trio restaurant a sports bar makeover, stock supplies and staff the new restaurant. He now has the go-ahead from all ends, including the health department and the state ABC board. Deas said this weekend is the perfect time to start operations at The Loaded Goat.
“There’s obviously been a lot of money going out to get things up and running,” said Deas. “With the festival this weekend we can take advantage of an influx of customers coming to the city from out of town.”
Deas said he believes he will “run the gamut” of emotions on his first weekend in business.
“I’ve had the staff in here twice already, but this weekend will be a sort of trial by fire,” Deas remarked. “I think I will feel just about every emotion — from the relief of getting started to the stress of making it work.”
Deas said either way it goes, he will be in for the long-haul. “I’ve invested what it takes to make this work here in Mount Airy,” he said.
Once things are up and running, Deas said the restaurant will be open until 1 a.m. every night.
The Loaded Goat’s full menu is available on the restaurant’s website, www.theloadedgoat.com.
Andy is a staff writer for The News and can be reached at (336) 415-4698.