670 on Oak aims to ‘energize town’
SPRUCE PINE – Janeen and Mike Long, the owners of City Drive-In in downtown Spruce Pine, decided it was time they did their part to energize the town.
For the past nine years, a quaint building sat on the back of the City Drive-In property that went mostly unused. The building had tables and chairs for patrons to use, but many didn’t realize there was a seating area inside.
“People didn’t make the connection that you could order food and sit there,” Janeen said. “So we made it its own entity.”
This past June, a new entertainment venue and bar on the City Drive-In property opened its doors in the building on the back of the property.
The venue, dubbed 670 on Oak, has held live concerts on weekends this summer either on its outdoor stage or inside the building. Patrons enjoy alcoholic beverages and food while they listen.
“We just want to offer something to this town that needs a shot in the arm,” Mike said. “We’re trying to give something back to the people. It’s local, so they don’t have to leave town.”
Mike said the locals have been pleased with 670 on Oak.
“People have been very complimentary of the fact that there’s a place in town for people to come and perform,” he said.
Mike added 670 on Oak’s opening won’t change City Drive-In’s rich tradition.
“We haven’t changed anything with this business,” Mike said. “It’s the way it has been forever. 670 on Oak is its own entity.”
Mike said as the winter months loom, how much 670 on Oak is utilized when the weather changes depends on the customers.
The latest project for the owners involves trying to connect with Burnsville-based Homeplace Beer Company to sell local brews at 670 on Oak.
“We want to open ourselves up to some of our neighbors,” Mike said.
Mike and Janeen said their hope is locals will view 670 on Oak as a place to gather for a night of fun, food and beverages.
“It’s quaint but it’s a quaint town,” Mike said. “Our goal is to try to get everybody to embrace it as a place for people to use.”