Sale bring­ing beef to gourmet store

Wal­raven and Moore of Lyons Bridge Farm are buy­ing River­side Gourmet and plan to ex­pand their prod­uct sales to Broad Street.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Doug Walker

Lyons Bridge Farm beef is com­ing to Broad Street as Wes Wal­raven and Brian Moore have con­tracted to pur­chase the River­side Gourmet, 250 Broad St., from Kevin Dill­mon. Moore said Tues­day he had al­ways wanted a down­town lo­ca­tion to be able to mar­ket the beef which is raised on the Lyons Bridge Farm out­side Cave Spring.

Moore said pop-up sales of the beef and other prod­ucts un­der the Lyons Bridge Farm ban­ner had done very well in the down­town Rome district in re­cent months. He has looked at a num­ber of lo­ca­tions in re­cent weeks, in­clud­ing one of the six re­tail slots in the new Lofts at Third and Broad, then the Ran­som Flo­ral Co. build­ing on Fourth Av­enue which Moore said needed a lit­tle too much work.

After mak­ing it known on In­sta­gram that he was look­ing for a down­town site, Dill­mon reached out to Moore about the River­side Gourmet shop.

“We talked about it and the deal is go­ing through now,” Moore said. Wal­raven said the sale is ex­pected to close Mon­day.

Moore ex­plained that he and Wal­raven are only pur­chas­ing the busi­ness. The build­ing is owned by Hal Ru­land and Hans Van Eik­eren.

The Rome News-Tribune was not able to reach Dill­mon on Tues­day.

Moore said Dill­mon will con­tinue to op­er­ate the Hon­ey­moon Bak­ery busi­ness in the same 200 block of Broad Street.

“I am so pleased Lyons Bridge Farm Beef will now have a store­front on Broad Street,” said Amanda Carter, the Down­town De­vel­op­ment Author­ity di­rec­tor for down­town Rome. “LBF Beef is known for their high­qual­ity meats and I am thrilled they will fill this niche down­town. The own­ers take such pride in what they do and it shows. Every­one was so ex­cited when they popped up in the Pop-Up Pop-In Shop at 401 Broad St., so I am happy to see they have se­cured a per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion in the 200 block.”

“No changes are planned for the busi­ness other than we will also sell our beef (and now lamb and pork), salad dress­ings, meat sauces and grilling ac­ces­sories,” Wal­raven said. Moore said all six of the part-time em­ploy­ees at River­side Gourmet will stay on and Moore said he was ex­cited to have some help mar­ket­ing the beef.

Freez­ers are slated to be in­stalled in the build­ing Tues­day, how­ever Moore said the small shop down on the farm will still be open on a very lim­ited ba­sis.

Moore and Wal­raven have ap­plied for both wine-pour­ing and wine pack­age sales li­censes which will be con­sid­ered by the Rome Al­co­hol Com­mis­sion on Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. in the City Com­mis­sion cham­bers at City Hall.

/ Ross Rogers

River­side Gourmet shares space with Bussey’s Flow­ers & Gifts at the cor­ner of East Third Av­enue and Broad Street.

/ Ross Rogers

River­side Gourmet store man­ager Nancy Brass works on in­ven­tory on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. “We are ex­cited about the new own­ers,” Brass said. “It’ll be a lot of fun. They are plan­ning on hav­ing beef, pork and lamb from their farm in Cave Spring as well as cheese from a lo­cal pro­ducer.”

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