New Owners, Name Change Not Enough to Save Iconic Restaurant

June 30, 2017|

The last meal was served on Friday night June 30 at the Garden City Steak and Grill, the home of the former Snug Restaurant on Davis Road in West Augusta.

Tom and Christine Sparks purchased the business and building in June 2015 and last November changed the name of the iconic Snug to Garden City Steak and Grill, although the menu and décor were largely unchanged.

Buzz on Biz learned this week that the owners are asking $850,000 for the property and restaurant.

The restaurant had gone through some management changes and endured a costly replacement of large heating and air units, plus had been working on upgrading their meeting rooms connected to the restaurant and bar. The facility is equipped for a restaurant, full bar and multiple meeting rooms with a separate entrance for a different business.

Tom and Christine Sparks had their first date at the Snug around 20 years ago, and Tom quipped to Christine… “someday I am going to own this restaurant”.

Last week the Sparks posted this message on their Facebook page.

“It’s with profound disappointment and sadness that we inform you that tomorrow 30 June 2017, will be our last day in business. This is especially hard because of how it affects our wonderful employees and customers. We loved this restaurant so much – the food, the service and the atmosphere – We didn’t see how it could possibly fail. Thank you to everyone who supported this endeavor and helped us ‘take a shot’. We will always be grateful.”

Some fans of the Snug and Garden City Steaks & Grill left Facebook messages as well:

Julie Ann Williams – So very sad. I hate it for you all.

Kaitlyn Marie – I hate to hear it.. my boyfriend and I loved that place! I hope there is possibility of opening in a better location in the future!

Janet TenBroeck – So sorry, my friends

Teresa Valenti – So so sorry…prayers for everyone.

Jenny Frey – I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. Praying for your wonderful family and team. Your food was delicious.

A.p. Laurin – So sorry to hear this, enjoyed eating there.

Tamara Przylepa – I’m so sorry to hear this. The restaurant business really is so tough. You gave it a good try.

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