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Pelican's Snoballs has enjoyed a great first year.  They'll be closing for the season October 25th.  They're located off East Main Street and Salem Church Road, behind Sentry Drug and Fifth Third Bank and down the street from Lincolnton Paint Center.

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Wayne Howard

Summer may have officially ended in late September, but for some of us it isn't really over until Pelican's Snoballs closes down for the season.
I was pleasantly surprised when they opened for the first time back in the Spring.  When I saw the name Snoballs, I thought they were going to serve up those crushed ice concoctions with a bit of syrup added called snow cones. Instead they served up shaved ice in a plethora of flavors including their best-seller and my favorite--snow cream.  (Cherry, by the way, is the #2 bestseller.)  

They've cut their hours only 1 - 8 Monday thru Friday and 1 - 9 Saturday and Sunday, but the very last day for 2015 will be Sunday October 25th.  

We're saying goodbye to another of our favorites.  They're not going out of business, but King's Office Supply has become Kennedy's Office Supply and is closing down the retail operation with a clearance sale.  They'll put new doors on the office furniture side of the building on East Main Street and continue serving business and industrial needs and the staff there will remain.  

A news release announcing the change read:
"King’s Office Supply has been a vibrant local business in downtown Lincolnton for the last 62 years.  While Bo King has enjoyed his work and the many business contacts he has made over the years, he also realized the day would come for him to make other arrangements for the company’s future leadership.  While he is not yet ready to retire, he will now hold a position under the Kennedy Office umbrella and continue to serve accounts with office design, furniture installation, and general office materials.

In recent months King met and formed a relationship with Mary Catherine Kennedy Sigmon and Charlie Kennedy whose family business, Kennedy Office, is one of the largest independent office product companies in the country. King realized the Kennedy team also has the same ideals, core values, integrity, and customer care standards as King’s.  After a final handshake, King’s Office Supply retired its name and sold ownership of the business to Kennedy Office."

Another business news item we're a bit late in reporting: First Federal Savings Bank's move of its Denver office from the corner at Fairfield Forest Road to the former Bank of America location at the intersection of Campground Road and Business 16.  

A new business in a location that hasn't been very productive for former tenants opened recently further down Highway 16.  The Silver Grill is now operating in the bright silver structure across the road from Natalie Commons Drive.  

I've tried them twice--both times for breakfast, and the food and service were fine, but on web sites Trip Advisor and Bizapedia, they've drawn mixed (and in some cases very bad) reviews.  

The place is small (only eleven tables and a counter with stools) and Sunday morning, they had people waiting in line to find a seat.  I sat at the counter and watched as the food made its way to the tables.  I saw what looked to be some very well prepared Eggs Benedict.  The waffles and other items that passed by also looked good.  My breakfast burrito was satisfactory--although nobody in this area seems to have the knack for a REAL breakfast burrito made with chorizo instead of other sausages.  On my earlier visit, I had a couple of eggs, bacon, toast, grits and tomato slices and they were also fine.

A couple of those online reviews spoke of unsanitary conditions.  The place looked clean to me.  One complained about slow service.  It did take a while to get my food Sunday morning, but they were slammed.  They had seven people on the wait staff and three cooks and they were going at full speed.  As packed as they were, somebody must like them.  If you're interested in reading those reviews, you can find them at TRIP ADVISOR and BIZAPEDIA.

1-Eddie Sigmon

The Silver Grill is the third try at this location. Perhaps the third time is the charm.

Does everybody like barbecue? Some restaurants must think so. Wendy's had tried a barbecue sandwich several months ago, then dropped it. Recently, it returned to their menu. Bojangles decided to give barbecue a run. Now Subway is trying Korean barbecue.

I had one recently at the Subway in Boger City. Not sure if it's still true, but when I tried it, they gave me a card that offers a free sandwich if you take an online survey telling them your opinion. My opinion? I'll stick with Bar-B-Q King or Sweetfire (although a friend who ate at Sweetfire recently had some very negative comments including hard hushpuppies and watered down tea).

The Korean barbecue at Subway has more heat than anybody else. The sauce is apparently the same thing the Koreans use on that Kimchi cabbage. The Koreans like that stuff so much that most middle-class Korean homes have two refrigerators--one just for the Kimchi (because of the smell).

It wasn't that bad, but not that good. Subway has a lot of very good sub choices--this one seems out of place. I was also puzzled at what one puts on a sub with Korean barbecue when slaw is not one of the options. I had them add a little lettuce and since they asked about cheese, I said American would be fine.

I don't go to Subway--or Bojangles--and probably not Wendy's--for barbecue. I like the subs at Subway, the chicken at Bo's and the other items, especially the salads, at Wendy's just fine. Best leave the barbecue to those who know how.

Speaking of which, I've never been a fan of R.O.'s in Gastonia. In my younger days, it was one of the places one cruised in G-town (like Scronce's, It's and Triple H Plaza in Lincolnton). Teens used to drive to R.O.'s on the west end, then the Beacon on East Franklin and later to Shoney's at the New Hope Road intersection--but that was a half century ago so only us really old people remember. The fact that R.O.'s is still going strong says that a lot of people must like their Q. Not me. Just to be sure, I tried one of their sandwiches recently at the former Harris Teeter parking lot in Boger City (they also sell often at the Bi-Lo in Stanley). It's still not on my top ten (or twenty) list.

They were working on the former Yamato Japanese Steakhouse location in the shopping center with Chillin' & Grillin' and Amy's Closet on Highway 16 Sunday. Byron Sackett says the second Homesteads Grill & Taphouse location will open there in early November. Better hurry--there's still a lot of work to do.

Work is also progressing but no word yet on when LakeShore Barbecue will reopen. They had a fire in early September and while most of the fire damage was in the kitchen area, smoke and water did damage elsewhere. For now, they remain closed.

We are always interested in business news--and we welcome any new business or business making changes or remodeling, etc. to send us the info. As always, opinions expressed are those of the reporter and opinions to the contrary are welcomed. Our email address is [email protected]

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