Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New restaurant coming to Hickory - Summer 2010

Mellow Mushroom will open its first Greater Hickory-area restaurant this summer in the former Rock-Ola Cafe building at 1185 Lenoir-Rhyne Blvd., SE.

Leslie Knapp is owner-operator of the Hickory franchise.

Mellow Mushroom, which operates about 100 restaurants in 15 states, features a menu with a variety of pizzas, salads, hoagies and calzones and a full bar.

Founded by three Georgia college students in 1974, Mellow Mushroom began franchising in the mid-1980s.

The Mellow Mushroom collection of restaurants features an eclectic mix, with each location offering its own decor. Even the marquees of the restaurants vary from location to location. The menus, however, offer the same food.

North Carolina locations include Blowing Rock and Boone.

Knapp said more information about the Hickory Mellow Mushroom — including hiring details — will be announced as the opening nears.

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