A husband and wife team is opening the Afghan grill in the former Punjab Grill (Indonesian food) in the shopping center that has the Garlic Clove and a Japanese hibachi restaurant. It is just off Washington Road in Evans. He is stationed at Fort Gordon and his wife will run the day to day restaurant. It is believe they are from Afghanistan and understand the Kebabs and rice type food fare—however they have no experience running a restaurant.
The family who closed the Tao Asian Restaurants in the Riverwood Shopping Center and a plaza at Furys Ferry Road and Evans To Locks Road—has opened a new concept in the Quantum Fitness Shopping Center on Evans To Locks Road. It s on the side of the plaza across from the Poblano’s. The restaurant is tastefully decorated with hardwood floors and features a fusion of Chinese, Thai, and Japanese fare. They offer combination plates and cook in 100% vegetable oil.
First Bank just opened its newest branch in the parking lot of the Kroger Plaza on Washington Road. The bank will have extended drive-thru hours to help people heading home after a long drive from North Augusta or downtown Augusta. They will host a Grand Opening celebration and ribbon cutting this Thursday beginning at 9am. Their next door neighbor is HCCU credit union and a few blocks west is Georgia Bank and Trust’s Evans location.
The old Blockbuster store has finally been rented out. Miyabi Junior Express will be the latest Japanese restaurant opening in the CSRA.
The restaurant opened in early 2013 on Furys Ferry Road in place of a prototype Sonic Restaurant concept that didn’t catch on. Sales were not strong with the fast, casual barbecue concept that included a drive-thru and sit down tables. They featured the usual fare of BBQ, Ribs, Chicken, and more. Some hardcore BBQ restauranteurs told the Buzz that the only way to do BBQ right is to have a “pit” and slowcook the Pork for many days. Their understanding was Roadhouse cooked too much in the way of frozen food. After a month or so delay to retrofit the restaurant again—the owner Rick McMurtry has decided to revert the restaurant back to a Sonic.
After a six-week remodel, the Chick-fil-A on the Robert C. Daniel Parkway is set to re-open this Friday at 6 a.m.. The marketing director shared with the “Buzz” that the remodel is taking place a few years earlier than most in the chain. She said Chick-fil-A Corporate recognized that they had reached their capacity in both the kitchen and drive-thru to best serve the customers. Here is a portion of a letter given to customers prior to the closing: “The newly remodeled restaurant will feature the chain’s latest interior and kitchen design along with a dual drive-thru. Since many of our customers choose the drive-thru, the ability for two drivers to simultaneously order should mean quicker service and improve traffic flow in the parking lot. For those that prefer to dine in, the experience will be enhanced with a new layout and added amenities”. Plus the playground is all new.
Sean Wright, restaurateur/chef at Frog Hollow Tavern on the 1400 block of Broad Street and Farmhaus Burger on the 1200 block is set to open a yet-to-be-named third restaurant next to Farmhaus. Construction crews are doing the build out as a summertime opening is planned. The concept is “tapas” or heavy appetizers with the idea of customers coming in and sharing plates with one another and having a glass of wine or other beverage.
Wright recently joked on “Buzz on Biz” radio show that he may come up with a name with “FH” in it to match Frog Hollow and Farmhaus.
TBonz has been quite crowded many evenings for dinner at their new location in Evans. Staff are “dipping their toes” in the water by offering a scaled down lunch, featuring many of the dinnertime favorites. The restaurant is not open during the day, but you can call in an order and pick up your food after 1130am on weekdays. Staff has been doing a lot of “guerrilla marketing” by passing out menu’s to large employers in Columbia County.
The original TBonz is open for lunch and dinner on Washington Road in Augusta.
Beginning at 11am on Monday May 6th the all-new Grovetown WifeSaver restaurant officially will open for business. “Bob Quigley and his team have been serving customers and making sure everything is up to WifeSaver food quality and service standards this past week,” explains Chris Cunningham, local President. The location is 5170 Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown
Phone (706) 651-0080. Mr. Quigley closed the Belair Road location and will look to lease it in the coming months.
Wife Saver has locations in Grovetown, Furys Ferry Road in Evans, Washington Road in West Augusta, Wrightsboro Road in Augusta, a South Augusta location, and one on Martintown Road in North Augusta.
The Grovetown location is near I-20 at Wrightsboro Road and will be modeled after the Furys Ferry road location with high ceilings and a spacious dining room.
FROM WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY THE 28TH, A MINIMUM ONE DOLLAR DONATION GETS YOU A FREE SUB ONLY AT THE NEW JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS IN MARTINEZ. YOUR DONATION BENEFITS THE SOUTHEASTERN FIREFIGHTERS BURN FOUNDATION. SINCE 1956, JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS HAS REMAINED TRUE TO THEIR ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC RECIPES. TASTE THE DIFFERENCE PREMIUM QUALITY MAKES. JERSEY MIKE’S SUBS… NEXT TO WALMART IN GROVETOWN AND OPENING WEDNESDAY THE 24TH ON FURY’S FERRY ROAD, DOWN FROM PUBLIX IN MARTINEZ.
About Thyme Café started its restaurant in 2012 with breakfast and lunch and recently decided to “flip the business model” a bit. They are now open for lunch and dinner and serve beer and wine until 9pm. They are located on the same side of Georgia Avenue as the North Augusta Municipal Building and serve healthy sandwiches, homemade casseroles, salads, and much more.