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A&M Grill in Mebane Closed?

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Guilty Gourmand Jul 4, 2011 10:51 AM

I heard reports this weekend that A&M Grill in Mebane closed for good earlier in the week. I was supposed to have a meal there Friday that got moved so I believe the reports but cannot confirm personally. I have not seen any discussion here or elsewhere though. Can anyone confirm or add any additional information? Thanks.

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    Guilty Gourmand Jul 4, 2011 11:11 AM

    Sadly, I just found this article in the Times-News which appears to confirm the closure of A&M Grill. Unfortunately, I never got to try A&M although I had a few near misses that never quite worked out. Looks like I missed it by just a few days this last time.

    July 03, 2011 2:32 PM
    Times-News

    A landmark Alamance County restaurant has closed.

    A&M Grill at 401 E. Center St. in Mebane shut its doors last Monday.

    Known statewide for its North Carolina barbecue, A&M was opened by Charlie R. McAdams and has been at the same location since 1947, according to information about the restaurant on the web site of the North Carolina Barbecue Society.

    In recent years, A&M was run by Charlotte Regans, Lisa Wright and Karen Lewis.

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      chazzer Jul 4, 2011 12:14 PM

      I am sorry to hear this, I always enjoyed their BB&Q and it was an unique blend of eastern and western.

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        rockycat Jul 4, 2011 12:44 PM

        Wow, that's too bad. Their other food was nothing special but the 'cue was always worth a special stop. So sorry to see them go.

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          fredb2548 Jul 4, 2011 01:42 PM

          Unfortunately, the food had continued to slip over the last few years, and past reputation will only take you so far. My last meal there, earlier this year, was simply dreadful. Nice folks here, sad for them.

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            JunkyardDog Jul 6, 2011 01:02 AM

            I am from the Mebane area and was told tonight that it was an IRS issue and although I dont know if its true I had heard there was some tax issues in the past and that between the higher cost of food and the repayment and penalties, things were going downhill fast .I have noticed a large decline in business over the last couple months which i think has been related to Grill Worx and the new Seafood place just up the street from A&M. Not long ago they were featured on the TarHeal Traveler on WRAL.A&M had a huge local clientel and always had a full parking lot from morning untill closing. The closing is being kept hush hush and although the first story broke on Monday july 4th, it appears its been closed for a week already and the article wasnt more than a paragraph without reason??? Its truely a sad thing when such a long running outstanding business folds and it directly related to poor management and greed. Maybe the McAdams family will take it back over and reopen it. I just dont think its closed for good. Well see I guess. I found this website by googleing the restaurants closure and this is the only site reporting anything on the A&M closure. Cool site though so i guess some good came out of it.

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            Grill Worx
            1233 W Webb Ave, Burlington, NC 27217

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              Guilty Gourmand Jul 6, 2011 12:13 PM

              Junkyard,

              Thanks for the additional information. I was wondering if there might be something like that going on given the seemingly sudden nature of the closing. I've also been surprised not to have heard more discussion of this but maybe that is a good thing. Here's hoping they can reopen and rekindle things to be as good as in the past.

              One thing is for sure though, this has inspired me to make a more focused effort of organizing some field trips with my young sons to hit some of the classic spots around the state we have never gotten to visit. Given the demanding nature of the work, the economy, potential natural disasters, etc. you just never know when one of these places' time may come.

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                edbott Aug 13, 2011 04:20 AM

                Looks like the A&M is done. Sign out front this morning for an auction on 9/7 at 10am for all equipment. Bummer.

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                  planbee Aug 14, 2011 09:39 PM

                  Disclaimer: I'm no insider and I don't claim to know any information about why A&M closed.

                  This one hits real close to home for me. I moved to Alamance County in 2001 (when there was nothing else here) and fell into a habit of eating at A&M an average of 2 times a week. The price was right and the food was always good, even great. Sometime around 2007 the place started to go downhill. I don't think it necessarily coincided with the building boom out here, but the extra restaurant competition couldn't have helped. Anyway, in 2008 my wife and I moved to a house less than half a mile from A&M. We had some good experiences there but also a fair share of bad ones - slow, distracted servers, items on the menu frequently being out (I can't count how many times my wife ordered prime rib and it was not available), disinterested hostesses or no host/hostess, bland sides, bland tea, and even a few cleanliness issues. Stuff like the Texas Chicken Sandwich and the specials remained OK but the BBQ noticeably went downhill. Our visits dwindled to about 1 per month over the past year. Oddly enough, my wife was the last person they served before they closed. She went in with a couple of visiting friends and was informed that the restaurant was out of everything except chicken sandwiches and hot dogs. When asked what was happening, the waitress quietly told my wife that the place would be closing that day and that the staff had been informed as such that very morning. The waitresses were crying...one had been there 25 years.

                  As an aside, they intimated to my wife that, through some sort of contract language, the owners of the building had stipulated that the BBQ pit may not be used by any other occupying restaurant. According to them, the pit will have to be destroyed if another restaurant opens there. A damn shame.

                  My wife bought a couple of A&M coffee mugs to remember the place by. So now we have a Wendy's and Chic Fil A and Cook Out coming along with the rest of the chain invasion, and we lose A&M. Pretty sad.

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                    daisyduke Aug 15, 2011 01:23 PM

                    Hey planbee i was there the last day i wasent working but i came in and i remember your wife buying the mugs and how upset she was that they were closing thanks for your support!

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          daisyduke Aug 15, 2011 01:21 PM

          Yes folks A&M is closed i worked there my self and was there for 5 years right up till the very last day. The day that they had to close was very sad they knew things were going bad but they were trying to keep the family business alive. The last day those of us that could come in that werent working did and they told us face to face that they were closing you would have thouhgt that a family member had died from the looks on everyones faces. The grill to me had become a second home and even though it did have its problems it was my first job and i will always remember it. Lisa, charlotte and Karen in fact the entire Mcadams family makes me feel like they are apart of my family. That is what A&M was a family even if you werent a Mcadams they made you feel like a part of the family. MY love goes out to the entire family i hope they will reopen but i doubt it. Things just got to be to difficult Lisa and Charlotte were there till the end they poured everything they had into that business and worked till they couldnt hardly take it, i think it's time for them to move on to better things. Good luck ladies and i will never forget you!!

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