by Alexandria E. Ferguson

Walk into Harvey’s restaurant and the “Cheers” theme song should immediately start playing. It doesn’t, but Harvey’s hostesses do know your name and can remember the intricate details of your last order. As an added bonus, the owners work to visit every table.



Harvey’s in Cornelius is still celebrating its launch after opening their doors in mid-August. Charlie Dyer and Luke Adams are owners the new site as well as the location in Huntersville.

Harvey’s in Cornelius is more than 6,000 square feet, seats more than 200 and is located right off Interstate 77 on Liverpool Parkway.

“My goal is to open up businesses and give people jobs,” Dyer said.

Dyer and Adams have been co-workers since 1997. When Adams was 18, he trained 15-year-old Dyer at the former Hayden’s in Pineville. At Appalachian State University, they became roommates.

“We’ve been working together for a long time, and we’ve known each other for 15 years,” Dyer said.

Harvey’s first location is located in the Vermillion community in Huntersville. A very successful location that prides itself on being a neighborhood pub without having an actual brewery, Harvey’s in Cornelius prides itself on serving simple but good food with a very long list of beer options.

“They have one of the better beer selections in the area,” said Dave Garber, a Harvey’s in Cornelius customer. “I don’t have to have a favorite beer because their selection of beers is just that good.”

Garber admires Harvey’s.

“This is the cleanest that I have ever seen this restaurant. If they keep up the good work and the great beer selection, this restaurant is sure to be around for a long time,” he said.

Harvey’s in Cornelius’ sous chef Rob Philbrook has worked in the restaurant industry for nearly six years.

“What I like about this place is that the owners really care about people,” he said. “You can also come here and get good quality food and a great atmosphere.”

When you walk in the door at Harvey’s in Cornelius, there is no secret that this is the AppState and Carolina Panthers football headquarters.

On any given Saturday or Sunday, patrons watch football games on one of many flat screen televisions. If football doesn’t get the patron in the door, customers can enjoy live acoustic music on Saturday nights.

“All types of cool people come in the door,” said Jared Jezierski, a bartender and server. “The people, the staff and the NFL and college football crowds are what make my job so fun. Watching this place grow is going to be fun.”

Harvey’s in Cornelius offers American cuisine featuring hand-tossed pizzas, burgers, fresh salads, wings and ribs.

“If we are going to do something, we are going to do it all the way,” said Dyer.

Want to go?

Harvey’s in Cornelius is at 19707 Liverpool Pkwy.. The restaurant is open 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, 11 to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Call 704-892-1001 for more information.