Although Halloween is over, Downtown Asheboro is about to get a treat…Luna’s Speakeasy Bar & Restaurant is opening soon on Sunset Avenue, a new full service bar and restaurant.
Danny Green, owner of Blue Luna Tattoo & Piercing at the corner of Sunset Avenue and Church Street, has turned his expertise to renovating and decorating the Saloon building on Sunset Avenue. With his unique aesthetic, he has put together an array of beautiful antiques and creative décor that is sure to catch your eye, no matter where you look (hint: look at the ceilings, too!). As a previous part-owner of Carolina Barn Finds, Danny has been buying antiques for years, and he found a home for his amazing collection, adorning the walls and ceilings of Luna’s Speakeasy.
One of the things I admire about Danny is his ability to think outside the box. He offered a unique opportunity to local small businesses in and around Asheboro to become a part of his décor – using old tin signs and antique lighted signs, he has created a space for their businesses to reside within his walls, and it all looks like it belongs.
In addition to signage, Danny’s passionate about using local talent to help renovate and decorate his new restaurant. Ron King Construction handled all of the renovations in the building, and Stinson Electric took care of all things electrical. Art by Ozzy did the amazing airbrushed paintings you will see throughout the space, and Lewis Brady did the antiqued advertising signs. Bert Garris from Vintage Cottage came in and painted the stage, and all of the bench seating downstairs, and the window and door signage was created by Signs by Mike.
In addition to the walls and décor, it is Danny’s intent that locally produced meats, vegetables and seafood will be offered on the menu, which will be the same both upstairs and down. With a menu described as American Cuisine with Creole influences, there will be some vegetarian options as well. Fresh salads, pastas, wraps and sandwiches, burgers, crab cakes, oysters steamed and fried, crab legs, wings, and southern and Cajun fried chicken. Also open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday when the restaurant is up and running full-time, there will be options on the menu to please any palate.
In keeping with using locally produced goods, all the breads and desserts offered at Luna’s Speakeasy will be made locally at a new bakery opening in December, Sugar Daddy’s Bakery & Deli, owned by Chef Jason Breland in Ramseur.
With a soft opening planned for mid-November, the first few weeks they will offer beer and wine and music downstairs, while the kitchen renovations are being completed and the restaurant is set to open at a later date. With local and national musical acts performing rock, blues, country & jazz, there will be something for everyone. Once the full bar is available, they will have specialty cocktails made with a selection of flavored moonshines, as well as a full complement of craft beers in the bottle.
With a full liquor license in hand and the capacity for 130, the upstairs at Luna’s Speakeasy can be used as a private rental for holiday or birthday parties, bridal events, or fundraisers beginning immediately. There is a raised stage under the large windows, which offers a beautiful view of Sunset Avenue, and plenty of room for seating, dancing and a buffet. Until the kitchen renovations are complete, you can even bring in your own caterer.
Another reason to visit Luna’s during the day – every table downstairs has a charging/USB outlet right above it. Open at 10 am every day, this gives people a place to stop in, have a cup of coffee, and plug in their laptop or phone and make use of their free Wi-Fi.
Venus, the Manager and person handling the booking of music acts, is new to Asheboro. She moved here from Charlotte four months ago to be near family. She was walking downtown Asheboro one day this summer and stopped in to have a bite to eat. When Danny found out that her background was opening restaurants, he hired her to help open and manage Luna’s. Venus spent the past 30 years in the restaurant industry as a corporate trainer for restaurants such as 131 Main, Fishbone and Cracker Barrel, to name a few.
“We want this to be a community place to hang out, have good food and a great time!” Venus told me enthusiastically. “Our goal is to enhance what is already available downtown, and offer people in Asheboro a reason to stay here instead of driving to other towns for entertainment. We have connected with two local UBER drivers and hope people will use their services when thinking about coming out downtown in the evenings.” They are even considering valet parking directly in front of the restaurant for “valet” pickup and delivery by UBER.
Service will be a key component and as a former corporate trainer, Venus has made that her number one priority. The wait staff and bartenders will be rigorously trained in customer service, and will have extensive knowledge of the wines they offer. She will be holding ongoing training sessions throughout the year to maintain her high standards.
Reservations for dining upstairs can be made, or if you have a last minute get together, you can call ahead and get your name on the list for that evening to save time waiting in line. Luna’s can accommodate parties large and small, and with the flexibility of dining upstairs or in the bar, depending on what atmosphere you are looking for, they will make you feel right at home.
Keep up to date on their plans for opening, and for nightly specials and musical acts by liking their Facebook page www.facebook.com/lunasspeakeasy. Or pop your head in and say hi – you might find they are open! Luna’s Speakeasy Bar & Restaurant is located at 132 Sunset Ave., Asheboro and you can reach them by calling 336.610.5555.