An article posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014, on www.thepilot.com, an online news site serving Moore County, North Carolina, detailed Spartan Blades’ knife manufacturing facility move to a historic restaurant, now closed of course—the LobSteer on U.S. 1 in Southern Pines, North Carolina.
Ted M. Natt Jr., of www.thepilot.com, details:
The sign outside the former LobSteer restaurant on U.S. 1 in Southern Pines proclaims that Spartan Blades is coming soon.
“We’ve had people coming in and asking about being short-order cooks and waitresses,” Spartan Blades co-owner Curtis Iovito said with a laugh last week, “so we’re telling people it’s going to be a Greek-Japanese fusion restaurant.”
The confusion is understandable, given that the LobSteer operated on the site for 44 years until closing last year.
“We’ve gained quite a bit of notoriety in the past few years,” Iovito said. “We had over $1 million in sales for the first time last year.”
Iovito and business partner Mark Carey, who met while serving in the U.S. Army Special Forces, currently produce 2,500 knives a year in less than 1,000 square feet of space in what used to be the mule barn at Malcolm Blue Farm in Aberdeen.
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