Southbound Smokehouse to Open Second Location at Riverside Village
Southbound Smokehouse will open another location at Riverside Village, showing a continued effort by North Augusta city officials to draw new businesses to the entertainment district.
Southbound Steakhouse is the first local restaurant to announce plans to open at Riverside Village.
George Claussen, co-owner of Southbound Smokehouse, said in a video interview published on the Riverside Village Facebook page that the entertainment and businesses that Riverside Village is attracting will put North Augusta “light years ahead” of where the community would have been without the ballpark and surrounding attractions.
“There’s already talk of concerts Master’s Week that are potentially going to happen,” said Brian Brittingham, Southbound Smokehouse’s other co-owner, during the interview.
Southbound Steakhouse did not answer a call for their comment.
During the video interview, Brittingham also stressed the potential of the new stadium to bring a variety of new shows to the area that Southbound Smokehouse will be a part of.
The restaurant will open in a sea of new development that will include a 180-room Crowne Plaza Hotel, a 280-unit apartment complex called Ironwood Apartments , 36 residential flats, 14 single-family homes, 125 units of senior living and 200,000 square feet of office space.
Augusta GreenJackets President Jeff Eisman has repeatedly spoken about the Riverside Village complex as an events center rather than strictly a baseball field.
“Now, you have not only a venue that’ll bring the community together, but you have shops and restaurants right on the waterfront,” Eiseman told Buzz on Biz in August.
Southbound Smokehouse will also partner with Atlanta-based Sweetwater Brewing Company at the new location, the details of which have yet to be announced.
Southbound Smokehouse is currently located at 1855 Central Avenue.