Lake Norman & Mooresville

Mickey and Mooch co-owner opens Epic Chophouse

Downtown Mooresville's renaissance continues with Epic Chophouse, the newest entry in the area's burgeoning number of attractions.

Taking up residence in the former Soiree location, an upscale restaurant on South Main Street that closed in July, Epic Chophouse offers a variety of steaks, chops, seafood, pasta and some Southern specialties in what the owners call a "casually elegant" setting. Epic Chophouse is one of only a few upscale restaurants in a town, according to several online restaurant guides, that boasts more than 100 dining options.

"Mooresville is rich with a wide choice of restaurants all across town," said Karen Shore, CEO of the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce. "The diversity offers just about any venue and a promise of good food for every pocketbook.

"We are excited to add the Epic Chophouse to our recommended list, offering that upscale environment in our beautiful downtown neighborhood."

The trio behind the new eatery includes Larry Sponaugle, co-owner of Mickey & Mooch in Huntersville, and partners Jim Morasso and Rick Mack. Both Sponaugle and Morasso have been in the restaurant business for over a decade, and have worked together at such notable restaurants as Lavecchia's Seafood Grille and Frank Manzetti's in Charlotte as well as The Boathouse in Charleston.

Mack is the owner of RDM Architecture and Synergy One in Davidson.

Sponaugle said he and his partners are bringing something new and distinctive to Mooresville.

"We like the idea of being a big fish in a small pond," he said. "There's nothing else like this up here."

Future plans include opening the upstairs for additional dining as well as large banquets and parties, and sprucing up the back patio for dining and live music.

Mack said that after years of exploring different sites and concepts, he and his two partners have hit upon the perfect combination with Epic Chophouse.