Lexington restaurateurs celebrate new eatery with The Crescent Moon ribbon cutting

Tom Shealy, second from right, and Jim Thompson, second from left, welcomed the Lexington community to their new restaurant, The Crescent Moon on Thursday. Photo by Rachel Ham.

Tom Shealy (second from right) and Jim Thompson (second from left) welcomed the Lexington community to their new restaurant, The Crescent Moon, on Thursday. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Two Lexington businessmen have partnered to bring new flavors to the town by way of The Crescent Moon.

Tom Shealy and Jim Thompson opened the restaurant together in June and celebrated joining the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting and Business After Hours event Thursday.

“It’s been great,” Shealy said of the first few months of business. “We opened up the lounge (next door) last week.”

The duo isn’t new to the restaurant game. Shealy owns Wings and Ale at Outlet Pointe and Belly’s Barbecue, while Thompson owns and operates JTs on the Pond. Shealy said their goal for The Crescent Moon was to bring “casual fine dining” to Lexington.

The restaurant is at 2361 Augusta Highway near Lexington High School.

“We think this side of town needs something like this,” chamber board member Butch Hale said.

The Crescent Moon features a Sunday brunch buffet, and the kitchen staff cooks all meat items on a wood-fire grill. Thompson said that type of cooking isn’t unheard of but that it’s rare in the business. He estimated that only four or five other restaurants in the area also use a wood-fire grill.

Thompson and Shealy’s management style allows them to answer customer questions and concerns right on the spot.

“We want to have a hands-on approach,” Thompson said. “One of us is almost always here.”

For more information, call The Crescent Moon at 358-0885.

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