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A steakhouse with a mission… Americano Steakhouse not looking to compete, only to serve community

Over the years, the people of Roan Mountain, Tenn., have enjoyed dining options that are local favorites such as Bob’s Dairyland or Highlander BBQ. However, over the past couple weeks, a new restaurant has been added to the mix to complement the others and provide another place for members of the community to enjoy.

Americano Steakhouse was started by Troy Boane and Bradley McMurray, and came not only from a community enjoyment point of view, but also from a standpoint of community help.

The plans for the newly established steakhouse came with a vision of being a supporting role for a non-profit organization known as “Fight Hunger” as well as a place that would give community members a place to work and enjoy themselves.

Boane made the selfless mission of the new steakhouse very clear, saying, “This restaurant is not for me, this restaurant is for the people of Roan Mountain and Carter County.”

Boane explained that when he planned the steakhouse, he did not want to become a competitor with any other local eateries, saying, “What we are doing is non-competitive with any of the other great businesses and great restaurants in the area. Rather, we wanted to complement the other businesses with a dinner restaurant.”

While Boane spoke about the steakhouse being a place for the community to enjoy and find work, he also stated that the mission of Americano Steakhouse is even more than that.

“Another thing we are going to do to help our community is to turn around with the profits we make and donate that money back into local communities such as Carter and Avery County, where there are large food insecurity problems.”

As previously mentioned, the steakhouse is tied in with “Fight Hunger,” a nonprofit that focuses on food deprivation in the area. Boane expanded on this organization, saying, “Fight Hunger came to be just based upon living here and seeing food insecurity problems.

“Seeing that, my partner, Bradley McMurray, and I saw the need to create ‘Fight Hunger.’ Our organization works with an organization in North Carolina known as Mrs. Pumpkin’s, which provides the meals that we deliver to those in need.”

Boane says that the steakhouse is used to bring awareness to the nonprofit, and customers who visit have the option to round up their bill to help out as well as the option to purchase a food package.

Located at 8362 US Highway 19E, Roan Mountain, Tenn., Americano Steakhouse serves steaks, fresh seafood, as well as salad, and serves dinner Monday through Saturday from 5-9 p.m.