TJ's Diner offers homemade fare

TJ's Diner opened in January in The Depot at Gibson Mill, featuring tuna, veggie and chicken wraps, homemade chili, slaw, potato salad and desserts, and hot dogs and hand-patted burgers with toppings.

Business partners Jim Metcalf and Traci Gibson opened the 52-seat, counter service eatery in The Depot's Design Center, 325 McGill Ave. N.W.

Signature items include the Fork-N-Burger ($5), which has two hand-patted beef patties, cheddar cheese, mustard, chili, slaw and onion, and the tuna melt ($5.50), which comes with Swiss cheese and tomato on Nova French bread.

TJ's uses locally sourced produce and has no fried foods. It sells Mooresville-based DeLuxe Ice Cream, and its coffee is from S&D Coffee Inc., the Concord-based gourmet coffee roaster and supplier. TJ's also serves beer and wine.

The restaurant's recycling containers for drink cans raise money for the Humane Society of Concord and Greater Cabarrus County.

It offers full-service catering, reflecting Gibson's 17 years in the catering business. Gibson lives in Mooresville and owns the catering service A Gourmet's Delight, covering the Lake Norman area.

Metcalf and his wife, Lynne, met Gibson through various catering events. Metcalf formerly worked in the wholesale car business.

"TJ" stands for the first initials of the two owners' first names.

The diner is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. Sundays. 980-355-5900 and on Facebook.

Tenders raising money for Great Dane Rescue

Tenders Fresh Foods, 18341 Statesville Road, will donate a percentage of its sales noon-5 p.m. today to Great Dane Rescue of the Carolinas.

Dogs from the rescue will be on hand, and volunteers will accept donations of dog beds, blankets, Rubbermaid containers (to store the blankets), towels, sheets, toys, treats (no rawhides), elevated dog dishes, paper towels, laundry detergent, dish soap, hand sanitizer and first aid supplies for dogs.