New restaurant to be big asset to downtown district

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A new restaurant opening next month in downtown Mount Olive will be a tremendous asset to the downtown district, officials said.

Really it’s “anytime a new business opens in the downtown area, but another restaurant is something that is badly needed and we welcome it,” said Town Manager Charles Brown.

Carolina Fish Fry Express plans to open on Oct. 15 in the old Valin’s Kitchen building at 128 South Center St.

Building owner Ray McDonald, Jr. said the franchise is a seafood restaurant and plans call for it to be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

“This is something that is very exciting for the town and for the surrounding area as well,” Brown said.

The only other restaurant in the downtown district is Ribeyes on North Center Street.

Ribeyes is also planning to expand its seating capacity.

The town manager said Ribeyes has purchased the small building adjoining its current operation.

It was previously occupied by attorney Doug Connor who relocated.

The town manager said with the announcement of the coming seafood restaurant and the expansion of Ribeyes, he sees it as the beginning of exciting things for the downtown district.

“I hope this will take off with a domino type effect,” Brown said.

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