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Seafood restaurant open downtown

By Rochelle Moore
Published in News on May 19, 2017 9:57 AM

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Owner Myelle Thompson recently opened GoldWayne Seafood Restaurant in downtown Goldsboro on Mulberry Street.

A locally-owned, full-service seafood restaurant is now open in downtown Goldsboro on Mulberry Street.

GoldWayne Seafood Restaurant recently opened in the former Haulin' Hog location, at 120 E. Mulberry St., and is open daily for lunch and dinner.

Owner Myelle Thompson opened the restaurant after considering the market and the type of restaurants available.

"We looked at several options and what we had in town," he said. "I saw that we didn't have a fresh seafood restaurant, other than the Mayflower. That's why we chose a seafood restaurant."

GoldWayne Seafood is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Today and Saturday, the restaurant will celebrate its grand opening with a 15 percent customer discount on all menu items. The Friday celebration includes a live band, and the grand opening will offer some giveaways, including restaurant coupons, prizes and T-shirts.

The restaurant menu includes seafood favorites, including some of the more popular sellers like flounder, oysters and shrimp and grits. Sandwiches, combination meals, platters, a children's menu, appetizers and desserts are available. The restaurant also serves beer, wine and mixed drinks, Thompson said.

"We have the Southern-style taste, and everything is homecooked," Thompson said. "Our flounder is our No. 1 seller. They also like our oysters in the shell and out of the shell. We sell a lot of those."

The homecooked sides, including collards and cabbage, are popular and cooked by one of the restaurant's employees who has 25 years of experience cooking the Southern favorites. She also cooks the restaurant's creamy-style grits, which are served with shrimp or fish.

Thompson said he not only opened the restaurant as a businessman but also to provide more than a dozen new jobs in the community.

"I don't just look at this businesses as making money," he said. "I look at it as helping my community. We did employ over 14 employees. We're hoping to eventually make this a franchise."

A portion of the restaurant's profits are also planned to support local charities, Thompson said.

In addition to the wide array of seafood, brought in from the coastal cities of Wilmington and Morehead City, the restaurant offers steak, hamburgers and chicken. Chicken wings, as well as fried or baked chicken, are on the menu. Sirloins and ribeyes are also available.

The sandwich selections include shrimp, oyster or fish, fried or grilled. Some of the available side dishes are macaroni and cheese, yams, fried okra, potatoes and other vegetables.

Platters, which include two side dishes, include whiting, catfish, flounder, jumbo shrimp, crab cakes and oysters. Boiled seafood combination meals and combination platters are also on the menu.

The selection of appetizers include mozzarella sticks and shrimp cocktail. Of the $2.99 deserts, banana pudding is available. GoldWayne Seafood offers catering and carryout services, and the business can be reached at 947-5367.