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Local restaurant takes pride in quality

By Rebecca Tamer
On April 2, 2014

The Local Kitchen and Wine Bar recently opened their doors at the end of February, and quickly caught on in the Tri-Cities area.
Word of mouth and their Facebook pages have allowed curious foodies and wine drinkers to discover what the restaurant had in store for the Johnson City community.
The Local has a breezy welcoming feel to it with a patio dining room. Countless hand laid pennies lie on the patio floor and real hardwood lies the main dining room.
Once inside, chalkboard painted walls, steel doors and friendly faces greet you.
One of the most intricate parts of The Local is the dozens upon dozens of wine and liquor bottles that line the ceiling.
Tables made from old bowling lanes are preset with wine glasses, water glasses and bread plates for their delicious homemade cheese ciabatta rolls.
What's great about The Local is that they buy what they need to cook the food  from local growers - Amish families anywhere in the surrounding counties.
Emily Long, an ETSU public relations student and a server at The Local, has been working since the restaurant's opening night.
"Ninety-five percent of our meats are local, and all of our deserts are house made. Our food has left our customers speechless. We have had the honor of having regulars come in daily," says Long.
The Local has everyone one could want in a restaurant that buys from its own people, meats and cheese platters for appetizers to 'left over' thanksgiving dinners.  
The idea of The Local has even brought attention to other restaurateurs who want the same type of feeling for their own restaurant.
"The whole concept is new to the Tri-Cities; I think it's a great concept for this area," said Long.
Every day and night people pack the tables and bar tops for a taste of The Local.
The Local hopes that in the future some of their items, such as the homemade pickles, will be sold retail.  
Soon the Local will begin their Sunday brunch buffet and Bloody Mary bar as well.
The Local is located on 3119 Bristol Highway in Johnson City and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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