NC Eatin’: Gaston County

October 6, 2008 at 6:43 am 1 comment

Monday, September 1, 2008
Fuel Pizza Cafe
3078 East Franklin Blvd
Gastonia, NC 28056

On our way home from seeing friend in GSP (Greenville-Spartanburg) Labor Day weekend, we searched in Cleveland County for a bite to eat but couldn’t find any local places open.  Bummer.  We ended up in Gastonia (Gaston County) for lunch.  According to Wiki, “Despite many shutdowns and job losses over the past decade, Gastonia maintains a relatively strong manufacturing workforce.”  Gastonia is home to Schiele Museum of Natural History, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, U.S. National Whitewater Center, and Crowders Mountain State Park.  I definitely want to go back to visit some of these places.

It was so cute from the outside that I was dying for it to count but afraid it might be a chain I’d never heard of.  It turned out to be a chain, but it’s a local chain – just 9 locations in Charlotte, Davidson, Gasonia, and Rock Hill.  I think that definitely counts.  So the deal is that it’s gas themed – gas signs and car related stuff everywhere.  And it’s not your standard pizza joint either.  There’s a cool looking bar area and a game area (pool and some arcade games).  It is a fun place for adults and families alike.

I had a calzone and a draft Shock Top, both of which were good.  My husband liked his calzone too.  The calzone was good enough and the place cute enough that… well, I kind of hope the chain expands at least enough to get to Raleigh.  I know, I know – I’m all about local places.  But this was just so cool!

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  • 1. BennyD  |  October 6, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Hey there…

    You are right – Fuel is a local chain. I think the first one was an actual gas station in Charlotte on Central Avenue. The Gastonia store is only a few years old.

    Gastonia is home to many chains – but there are some great non-chains you can find to eat if you have a certain preference…

    Thanks for stopping by!



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