Acorn Market closes in Downtown Salisbury

The popular Acorn Market closed Friday, following a two-year run at the Riverview Commons building on Market Street. 

“Acorn Market Family & Friends we are saying goodbye to Downtown Salisbury,” the eatery said in a Facebook post on Thursday. “We would like to say “Thank You” to our customers for your loyal love & support. Please keep us in your thought’s & prayers during this pandemic as we will you. Keep in touch and follow as we will let you know our next step.”

Acorn owner Christine Braughler could not immediately be reached for comment.

The restaurant planned to open at 10 a.m. Friday and remain open until it was sold out of its popular chicken salad, peas and dumpling soup and other menu items. It also was selling off its deli meats and cheeses by the pound.

A separate Facebook post offered some of the commercial restaurant equipment for sale.

Acorn’s closing comes amid statewide restrictions on restaurants to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Currently, they are allowed to open only for carryout and delivery orders. Many of them, like Acorn, depended on lunch hour foot traffic from people who worked Downtown, but most local businesses either have employees working from home or have closed for the duration.

“I don’t think this is the last business we’re going to see closing,” Mayor Jake Day said during his daily coronavirus briefing. “Unfortunately, not everybody’s going to survive this.”

Acorn Market moved to the Downtown location in 2018 from its former spot on East Main Street behind The Country House.

The restaurant began serving breakfast at the new location in addition to lunch and expanded its menu. It also added a Saturday morning biscuit bar.

In addition to its regular menu items like the Pilgrim, the Tuscany, the Capresé, Charlie Tuna and Smokehouse sandwiches, it also offered daily specials including Thursday’s popular chicken salad on sweet potato biscuit sliders.

Acorn fans expressed their sadness over the closing in more than 200 Facebook comments.

“I can’t take anymore sad news,” one woman posted. “Such a loss!”

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