Main Street Grill in Norwood opened in early March

Published 3:18 pm Sunday, March 24, 2019

A new restaurant opened in downtown Norwood this month.

The Main Street Grill is a family-owned and operated restaurant at 112 N. Main St.

The restaurant sells traditional homemade breakfast foods along with an assortment of burgers, vegetables, chicken dishes and sandwiches.

Elaine Johnson runs the restaurant. She also ran the Min-O-Pon restaurant in Albemarle before it closed last July due to the widening of N.C. Highway 24-27.

She, along with sister Patricia Johnson and mother Geraldine Johnson, operated Min-O-Pon for 12 years.

The decision to open a restaurant in downtown was easy, Elaine Johnson said.

“Norwood is just our hometown and this was the only building we could find,” she said.

“It’s important to bring people together and have restaurants for people to go to,” said Louise Priko McCall, chairman of the Norwood Business Association. “We want to have a prosperous business community but maintain a small town charm” she said and restaurants like Main Street Grill help with that.

Johnson runs the restaurant with two other full-time employees and several of her family members, including Patricia and Geraldine. Her mother helps run the cash register.

Patricia Johnson, Geraldine Johnson and Elaine Johnson at the Main Street Grill. Though Johnson owns the restaurant, her sister and mother help her run it.

Johnson said people have especially enjoyed breakfast as well as the spaghetti, meatloaf and burgers.

“I’m hoping to please people and to keep busy,” Johnson said. “Here in Norwood, people are like family to us.”

Though they had to leave Albemarle, they are happy to be back in Norwood.

“We’re glad to be back in our hometown,” Johnson said.

Main Street Grill is open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.




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Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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