Open Mon - Sat at 5pm   828.267.9800   Reservations



About Highland Avenue

Highland Avenue Restaurant changed the culinary landscape of Hickory, North Carolina in 2013 when the farm-to-table restaurant opened. Highland Avenue has garnered regional and national praise for locally sourced foods. On any given day, farmers and purveyors are walking through the back door, arms loaded down with produce, cheese and meats from their North Carolina farms.

Highland Avenue is quickly becoming a destination for people who love good food. Located on the second floor of the beautifully renovated Holler Hosiery Mill, Highland Avenue pays homage to the city’s rich manufacturing history while focusing on Appalachian cuisine. Trout, oysters and shrimp; homemade pastas and breads; flatbread, chicken pot pie, and filet mignon are a few of the popular items you’ll find on the menu. The restaurant offers stunning, seasonal fare and provides guests with a taste of true Southern hospitality.


Our Team

Robert Locke
General Manager

As a part of the management team at Highland Avenue, Robert Locke is passionate about providing guests with the highest standards of southern hospitality. His innate desire to serve, enthusiasm, and level head make him an essential part of the Highland Avenue team. A 2012 graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he studied history and political science, Locke has worked in food and beverage since he was 15. The opportunity to work in an environment that combined his love for family, hospitality and history immediately drew him to the Hollar Hosiery restoration and Highland Avenue. Locke devotes time to his hometown community of Hickory through numerous boards and organizations including the Lake Hickory Rotary Club and YMCA of Catawba Valley .When not at the helm of Highland Avenue Restaurant, Locke enjoys spending time with his dog Jacks and playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Max Evans
Executive Chef

Max Evans was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where he got a head start on his culinary career by attending a vocational high school focusing on culinary arts.  After graduation, Max moved to Charlotte, NC to attend Johnson & Wales University. During his education he had a variety of work experience ranging from catering companies and hotels, to fine dining restaurants. After earning his Associates in Culinary Arts, he accepted a job as Sous Chef at The Flipside Café In Fort Mill, SC. He was later approached by Carolina Moon Hospitality and has worked his way up to Sous Chef of Highland Avenue. He’s proud to be a part of the management team and to have a hand in the growth of Highland Avenue and Hollar Mill.



Opening Gala to Support T.H.E., Through Healing Eyes April 2013

Farmer’s Feast to Benefit H.O.P.E., Helping Our People Eat June 2014

Hickory Soup Kitchen Annual Partner

Carolina Moon Hospitality and associated brands have and will continue to support local non-profits and community organizations. We are family owned and decide with our management team to whom we will offer assistance. Please click here to complete an online request form.


883 Highland Avenue SE
Hickory, North Carolina 28602
Open Mon - Sat at 5pm

Carolina Moon Hospitality