Auburn foodies are flocking to the newest restaurant in town.
Since its opening on June 7, 2018, Lucy’s has been packed with locals and out-of-towners, eager to try the restaurant’s take on modern American cuisine.
Lucy’s, located on Moore’s Mill Road, is open for weekend brunch and dinner.
Adorned with Instagram-worthy details and bright yellow accents, it should come as no surprise that Lucy’s owner Lisa Van Der Reijden is an interior designer.
The dining area is awash with natural light, which mirrors the sophisticated simplicity of the menus.
As for the name, according to Lucy’s Executive Chef Brian Paolina, Van Der Reijden inherited both the restaurant’s name and her love for cooking from her late father.
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Lucy was the nickname Van Der Reijden’s father gave her as a child.
General Manager Tiffany Davis described Lucy’s as fun, modern and friendly.
She thinks Lucy’s has set itself apart from other restaurants in the area with its beverage program — it’s the only spot in town to get wine on tap — and its winning combination of casual and quality.
Davis believes one of Lucy’s best attributes is the “unique ambiance that incorporates both a casual, laid-back atmosphere with this level of service and cuisine that you would normally find in a more fine-dining establishment. You’re getting the best of both worlds here.”
Unsurprisingly, one of the most popular menu items at Lucy’s has been the “juicy Lucy burger.”
Topped with bacon and onion marmalade, poblano aioli and sharp white cheddar, it’s a true crowd pleaser.
Davis and Paolina agreed the busiest time for the restaurant is Sunday brunch.
Lucy’s brunch menu is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and features specialty cocktails, mouth-watering food options and the restaurant’s signature wine on tap.
After a whirlwind first few months, plans for Lucy’s include anything but slowing down. Davis and Paolina mentioned a few projects in the works, including expansion of private dining space and a potential grab-and-go coffee bar.
Another development to look forward to is Lucy’s fall menu. Paolina is currently working on the menu with Sous Chef Hayley Carson and Van Der Reijden.
The menu at Lucy’s changes seasonally, and Paolina is looking forward to comfort foods and soups for autumn.
Although the menu changes every so often, Paolina noted the restaurant’s consistent focus on local produce and sustainability.
Even though the restaurant has been operating for a fairly short time, it has already been a major hit.
Paolina credits a large portion of Lucy’s success thus far to the creative touches and attention to detail on food and beverages and the restaurant’s social media presence.
“This area is growing so much, residentially and with new businesses at a really, really quick rate, and I feel like this area kind of needed a neighborhood hangout — another option for good food — and we filled that void for them,” Davis said.
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