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Raleigh restaurants experience a resurgence on Mother's Day

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Many families invite moms out for a nice lunch or dinner on Mother's Day, and that can mean extra business for restaurants in downtown Raleigh.

A new business owner said this is one of the reasons she opened her new storefront just in time for the holidays.

“We had the grand opening of our new storefront and are now located here on Glenwood Avenue,” said Tiana Davis, owner of On Board Charcuterie & Catering.

Davis said she worked in a commercial kitchen for four years, but now her company has a storefront in downtown Raleigh. Opening just a week before Mother's Day, she said she gave herself a deadline to honor her own mother.

“Well, it's especially important to me because my own mother is sick. She suffers from Alzheimer's. And I thought it would be a great tribute to her to show her what I did and just one of the ways I wanted to celebrate her this year,” Davis said.

Even though she spent Mother's Day working, Davis still had a surprising amount of time with family.

“They were really sorry that Mom had to work on Mother's Day, so they surprised me and everyone came over and sat together, eating charcuterie and drinking champagne,” she said of her husband and children.

This time of year is always busy for Davis. Other restaurants also see more business over Mother's Day weekend.

“It's a lot busier, especially during the lunch hour, than at night, usually from 12 to 7 p.m.,” said John Tang, owner of Sushi O.

Tang said this year it was a little slower than expected, but he said it was still stable.

“We have a lot of mothers, we have a lot of families. So we have some walk-ins, which is very helpful,” he said.

Business owners say downtown Raleigh is a good place to hang out, even if it's not a holiday.

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“We’ve been here 14 years, so I think so. And we’re not going anywhere,” Tang said.

Davis added: “It's been amazing how many people have seen us and said they've seen us on Instagram… They've come by and told us how they found out about us, which is really exciting.” For me. “

Mother's Day is just one of two big days for businesses in May. The restaurants are now preparing for Memorial Day, which the owners say will also bring in a lot of customers.

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