(Photo courtesy of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce)
Amy and Jay Muxworthy, owners of Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn, have announced plans for a second location in Carolina Beach.
The new restaurant will be located at 1140 N. Lake Park Blvd. in the standalone building at the front of the Lake Landing Park shopping center, across from the Carolina Beach Town Hall. The building was previously home to Two Kousins' Restaurant and Sports Bar.
This will be the Muxworthys second attempt at a Carolina Beach location, after operating Flaming Amy’s Burrito Shack there from 2003 to 2005.
“It was heartbreaking to have to close our Carolina Beach location,” Amy Muxworthy said. “As residents of the island we have always hoped that we would find a better location and have another opportunity to operate here.”
The new restaurant will differ from the current Flaming Amy’s Barn on Oleander Drive in that it will offer table service and a full bar. Muxworthy says the menu will be similar, but with the addition of appetizers, desserts and specialty cocktails such as mojitos and margaritas. The restaurant seats about 100 people inside and an outdoor patio can fit another six to eight tables, according to Amy Muxworthy.
The Muxworthys are also in full swing on another project, the opening of a second Flaming Amy’s Bowl in Northchase. After announcing plans to franchise the Bowl back in January, the Muxworthys say they feel a second corporately owned Bowl will help franchising prospects. They also feel the area is in need of restaurants.
“In Northchase there is a large residential population as well as a huge industrial park and the Cape Fear Community College North Campus, yet it is practically a food desert,” Amy Muxworthy said. “We think this will be a nice alternative for an area which offers little besides fast food.”
Located at 3224 N. College Road, the new Bowl will be slightly larger than the current location in the Long Leaf Shopping Center on South College Road.
Amy Muxworthy says they are bringing in more craft beers, but the Bowl menu, which is designed to be duplicated for franchising, will remain the same. The Muxworthys say, however, that there are no plans to franchise Flaming Amy’s Barn.
“That menu is so much larger and more labor intensive that it just isn’t designed for franchising,” she said.
Several long-time employees of both restaurants will be moving to management positions at the new locations.
“We’ve had great success with promoting from within and are very happy to provide our employees with an opportunity for growth within the company,” Amy Muxworthy said.
Flaming Amy’s Carolina Beach location is expected to open by year’s end, and Flaming Amy’s Bowl in Northchase is expected to open by the end of January.
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