• The sign at Capone’s Italian American Bar & Grill opening in mid-May in downtown Spruce Pine sits in the restaurant ready to be installed. (Brandon Roberts/MNJ)
    The sign at Capone’s Italian American Bar & Grill opening in mid-May in downtown Spruce Pine sits in the restaurant ready to be installed. (Brandon Roberts/MNJ)

Capone’s Italian American Bar & Grill set for mid-May opening in Spruce Pine

SPRUCE PINE – Downtown Spruce Pine will soon be home to yet another new restaurant. 

Capone’s Italian American Bar & Grill is set to open in mid-May at 69 Locust St. and owners Tim and Marsha Hoilman intend to offer not only high-quality dining but an unforgettable experience.

“I’ve always wanted to open a restaurant,” Tim said. “I saw the opportunity and my wife was on board, so we jumped on it.”

Husband-and-wife Amy O’Connor and Danny Barcelona own the building where Capone’s will be located. The ground floor that will be Capone’s has undergone extensive renovations since being leased by the Hoilman’s, and as of the first week of May, the finishing touches were being made to the sheetrock and painting was nearing completion. 

“It will be a really cool-looking place when all is said and done,” Tim said. “I think we’ll be able to seat about 50 inside.”

Tim and Marsha anticipate the “new restaurant” rush at Capone’s, and they realize they will likely be incredibly busy in the beginning.

“We don’t want that to stop,” Tim said. “We want to make sure we have the service, food and fun that keeps people coming back. We absolutely will not let the quality of food and service decrease as time goes on. We will only get better as we get going.”

Marsha anticipates between 10 and 15 employees at Capone’s working as waitstaff and in other capacities.

“We just want to create a fun place to be and provide some entertainment,” Marsha said. “We also want people to enjoy working here. But most important is the customer experience – they need to enjoy themselves.”

The Hoilmans are also upgrading the patio area at the building to use not only as dining space but also for providing live entertainment.

“We are looking at things like karaoke, trivia night and other things for entertainment as well,” Tim said. 

Capone’s will offer traditional Italian fare such as spaghetti, ravioli and lasagna in addition to American food such as burgers and chicken wings in the early going but there are plans to expand the menu moving forward.

“We’re going to do a hot wing challenge,” Tim said. “I’m going to make them so hot the challenge will be eating them, not how many you can eat.” 

There will be two 65-inch TVs mounted on the walls at Capone’s and NFL Sunday Ticket has already been ordered, Tim said. There are also plans to offer delivery in the future.

“We’re going to be open seven days a week,” Tim said. “There aren’t a lot of places to eat in town on Sundays or even Mondays for that matter.”

Capone’s will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday hours will vary.   

The MItchell News

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