Wednesday, August 28, 2013
When Hixson resident Leasha Price was young, her grandfather owned a pharmacy with an old-fashioned lunch counter, and she remembers sitting on the swiveling stools and imagining having a restaurant of her own.
She is now fulfilling that dream as the owner of Northshore Lunch, which recently opened on Frazier Avenue.
“I love to please people with food,” said Price.
She saw a “for lease” sign at the former location of Urban Spoon (the owners now run a successful catering business, said Price) and immediately thought it would be the perfect spot to serve up her sandwiches, salads and Southern comfort food.
“There is a lot of foot traffic and it’s a very trendy and entertaining area,” Price said.
She said the restaurant’s best-seller so far is the club sandwich, with the Reuben trailing closely behind.
“It’s become a joke that no one can finish one until the next day,” Price said of the popular club sandwich. “I can’t wait for fall and winter so I can do more cooking. It’s been too hot to sell Southern comfort food. People don’t want to have a hot meal and go back in the heat.”
She said she has options for vegetarians every day, such as vegetable soup. As the weather cools Price plans to offer more soups, including tomato basil and chicken tortilla, as well as Southern favorites such as meatloaf and pot roast.
She said she decided to keep the restaurant open from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. because she likes the hours.
“It could turn into something where we open later,” Price added. “For now I didn’t want to dig the hole too deep.”
Everything in the restaurant is freshly made and many of the vegetables come straight from her garden, Price said.
Northshore Lunch offers picnic boxes customers can take to the park as well as boxed lunches for business meetings.