- Adam C. Brooks
The Tree Restaurant Bar & Grill ribbon cutting
Whether it’s a Friday night date, a Saturday game-day lunch, or a Sunday brunch, the talk around Lumberton is kudos for The Tree Restaurant Bar & Grill. Owners Martin and Cindi Riley, along with son-in-law TJ, admit they have been overwhelmed with local support. They welcomed the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Oct. 3, for an open house and ribbon cutting. “We’ve had an unbelievable reception in Lumberton,” Martin said. The Riley’s are experienced business owners having operated The Tree in Woodville for 20 years before making a move to Lumberton. “The one thing we bring to the business is US,” Martin said. “We are here five days a week, 14 hours a day, 70 hours a week.” He says it’s their passion for serving the dining public that makes the restaurant work. Open for a couple of months; The Tree is located at 434 NLHS Drive, Suite 600, in Lumberton. “The first six weeks were so busy; it flew by,” TJ said. If the online comments are any judge, The Tree merits five-star reviews. Having a soft opening gave them time to work out the kinks; he said, “We have smoothed out the process a lot.” Just in time for the holiday season. Cindi says holiday parties can be accommodated by The Tree with a private dining room for celebrations. “People should know we have room for Christmas parties and catering, and they should start scheduling now,” she said. She praises the community support, saying, “We appreciate the warmth and welcome we have received.” Chamber members raved over the dinner-plate-size cinnamon rolls prepared by Executive Chef Lauren Victoria Neville on Thursday. If that’s a regular day offering, imagine what a special occasion at The Tree Restaurant Bar & Grill looks like.