Heeere we are again! Another year gone by, another notch on our lipstick cases. With the new year right around the corner, we just can’t help but be excited about our new beginning too!
Mermaid Point is delighted to announce our grand-opening has been set for Friday, January 5th, beginning at 12noon! We’re also extremely pleased to be hosting the DL Token band, who will be playing an “unplugged” music set starting at 7pm that night! Click the link below if you’d like a little taste of what their music style is like.
Please stop by and say hello on Friday! Because you’re always welcome at The Mermaid!
DL Token-“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” cover
We will be open for lunch but closing a little early today, Monday, December 18th at 2pm to celebrate our team. Guys, we have the most amazing staff here at Mermaid Point (previously Howard’s Barbecue). We’ve got folks who’ve been working here for decades and people who joined us after Ilia and Megan acquired operations.
Mushiness aside… Everyone we’re celebrating today is nothing short of incredible. Thank you so much for sticking with us and, most of all, believing in achieving the dream: great food and great service!
-The Mermaid Point family
Hey everyone! Mermaid Point here. Along with all the excitement, anticipation, and optimism of opening a new restaurant comes some anxiety. Well, we won’t lie. There’s a lot of anxiousness in the air right now. We here at the Point know that Howard’s Barbecue has been a stalwart local business and community pillar in the town of Lillington for the better part of 40 years. Making the decision to change Howard’s Barbecue to Mermaid Point was a long, soul-searching process if we’re going to be completely honest here.
Ultimately our hearts told us that we couldn’t run Howard’s Barbecue the same way the Avrette family did. We wanted to keep the new name in line with the closeness of the river and it’s importance to Lillington- both in the past and on into the future. Mermaid Point is the location most well-known as the beginning of the Cape Fear River. With the end of the, dare we say, “Howard’s Era” and the new beginning of “Mermaid Point”, our purpose is to sustain an environment of family, great food, good times, and gorgeous sunsets over the Cape Fear.
We’ll be sharing this journey with you, our community, and looking forward to a bright future with Mermaid Point. Howard’s Barbecue and the Avrette family will always be remembered and honored here. Howard’s Barbecue started everything at this restaurant. Our goal is to earn our place in Lillington the same way that Howard’s family did for all those years before us.
That being said, we hope you’ll enjoy this article written by The Rant. It gives a little information on the history of Mermaid Point and the name change from Howard’s Barbecue to Mermaid Point. Of course, if you have any questions or comments about how we’re doing, our ears are open! See you on the river, y’all!
With warm regards and good cookin’,
The Mermaid Point family
Click here to read The Rant’s article on Mermaid Point