Downtown scores new restaurant

CONOVER — With flooring still to be installed and painting left to do, Doug Vernon is working more than 75 hours a week to be ready to open Conover's new sports grill, SCORE!

“I think the city itself is looking forward to the opening and Conover has been a huge help,” Vernon said.

Vernon has been working in the restaurant business for 30 years and said owning his own restaurant is something he's always wanted to do. With his mother and son working with him, three generations of Vernons welcome Conover and area residents to come enjoy the safe and inviting environment that he plans to build at SCORE!

At the end of June Vernon's dream was realized when he secured the location at 116 1st Ave. South in downtown Conover and he began working to remodel parts of the building. The remodel included painting both floors of the restaurant as well as the stair case, replacing flooring upstairs and designing a new awning.

Vernon also plans to change lighting in the downstairs as well as replacing old furniture on both floors and replacing a water feature with a leather bench of waiting seating. Vernon has also worked to install 10 TVs and a projection screen for guests to enjoy while dining.
To go along with the sports grill theme Vernon is excited about displaying not only his sports memorabilia, but also memorabilia from local teams and sports heros. Vernon said he is already planning to display local high school jerseys, photos and other donated items. Vernon also credits his fiancee Kelly Hershey with coming up with the sports grill's name.

To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.