Prime Dining and Bar offers new spot for fine dining in Anniston
by Daniel Gaddy
dgaddy@annistonstar.com
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Randall B. Moore says he’s seen a great response in the month since opening Prime Dining and Bar in Anniston — which he describes as having a casual feel with a fine dining touch.

“If you can give someone good food, at a good price, with good portions, you’ll win every time,” the owner said.

His business partner and the chef at Prime, Jason White, has the food taken care of, Moore said.

Prime offers dishes like barbecue-glazed Atlantic salmon, grilled pork tenderloin in a Dijon bordelaise sauce, shrimp and grits as well as a roasted red pepper hummus appetizer. Moore added that the filet mignon is wildly popular, and he called the restaurant’s Reuben sandwich the best in Anniston.

Munford resident Terrell McKinney stopped by last week and tried the Ultimate burger.

“They did a good job, and I’ll definitely be coming back,” he said.

McKinney said that he had driven by the restaurant a few times and noticed the parking lot was full, so he thought he would give it a try.

White said the entire staff has been thrilled with the attention they’ve seen from residents.

“It’s been a great turnout, every day there’s just more and more people,” he said.

White received his culinary training at Jefferson State Community College and has 15 years of experience including working for the restaurant in the Tutwiler Hotel as well as Fleming’s Steakhouse and Wine Bar, both in Birmingham.

White said that while working at the Tutwiler, he served celebrities such as Bill Cosby, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Nelson Mandela’s wife.

The Wedowee native had been commuting from Alexandria to Birmingham for work for more than a decade when Moore approached him earlier this year about the business venture. White said it has been a lifelong dream of his to own his own restaurant, so it wasn’t a hard decision.

The two started working to open the place in May.

Moore is quick to point out that Prime wouldn’t be a success without general manager Linda Harness.

“She’s the backbone,” Moore said.

Prime, on 320 Quintard Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 2 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

The restaurant also offers a full bar with happy-hour specials, and customers can book private parties for after hours, Moore said.

Moore, a native of Tupelo, Miss., has also owned Top Notch Events and Rentals, which rents tents, tables and formal wear and provides décor and lighting services for events such as weddings since 2000.

For more information about Prime Dining and Bar, call 256-770-7322 or look for the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3560. On Twitter @DGaddy_Star.
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