Lineberger's reopens after fire

Owner Ralph Starling reopened his Lineberger's Cattle Company Steakhouse and Saloon Jan. 20 after a Dec. 3 kitchen fire closed the Lake Norman restaurant.

The fire caused $300,000 to $800,000 damage, primarily to kitchen equipment, Sherrills Ford Fire Chief Keith Bost said. The restaurant on N.C. 150 was closed at the time; it opens only for dinner.

Now in its 41st year, Lineberger's is known for its Western steaks cooked over wood-burning grills and its house specialty, prime rib.

It has chicken and seafood specialties, a 60-item salad bar, children's menu, soups, homemade desserts and appetizers such as Spiked Onion and Skillet Mushrooms.

Steaks are seasoned with 15 ground spices, a recipe created by Starling, who has owned the restaurant with his wife, Jan, for 11 years.

The couple bought the establishment from the Lineberger family, which ran it for 30 years.

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