Taste, the wine and tapas bar in the Hammond’s Ferry area of North Augusta, announced via its Facebook page that it will temporarily suspend operations.
According to the Facebook post, the suspension of operations involves space issues.
“Taste was operating under a model that became increasingly apparent would require additional space in order to be viable,” the post said.
Taste expects to resume business in March, prior to The Masters. Where the business might resume operations was not disclosed in the post.
The Country Hut is now open in the former “Al’s Place” just off Martintown Road and Highway 25 in North Augusta. We don’t have a lot of information other than the owners are Alonzo Harling and LaTonya Nugin. We are told they serve soul food and open at 6 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.
Photo courtesy Jim Couture.
The Steak N Shake has caused some big national players to take notice and open up near the restaurant and Exit 194. Tomorrow from 11 a.m. until noon, a new McDonald’s opens across the street on a former hotel property. The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce will cut the ribbon.
Construction is now under way to retrofit a former KFC building on the Jimmy Dyess Parkway a block away from the Steak N Shake and the new McDonald’s. The second “Cookout” restaurant will open in the next few months in that former KFC. The Cookout brand of low-priced, take-out hot dogs, burgers, shakes, and more has been hugely successful in the Medical District on Walton Way since opening in late summer.
The Sunrise Grill on Martintown Road in North Augusta has been beta testing the usage of 4 IPODS and a special restaurant app for its servers. The service staff has rid itself of “order sheets” that they used to stick up on a clothesline like systems for the cooks.
When you place your order the wait staff sends an electronic message from their IPODS to a POS system that alerts cooks and the cash register on what has been ordered.
The Sunrise Grill began beta testing this system in July and is getting ready to roll it out at their Washington Road location.
Buzz founder Neil Gordon was told by a waitress that it speeds up the process of getting food to her customers and cuts down on any confusion that cooks may have on what has been ordered.
Sunrise Grill owner Chris Gurley also announced that his “Man Cave” consignment concept in Harlem is going so well that staff has no more room in the 8,000 square foot warehouse for items. Gurley is also getting ready to open an indoor shooting range on adjacent property.
After beginning the build-out in September, Pita Pit, a national franchise of 30 sandwich shops, is set to open Friday November 1. The store is located in the old “Whatever” Boutique space on Washington Road in Evans next to the Home Depot entrance.
They have hired 11 associates and are looking to hire a total of 30 to get ready for their Grand Opening. A Beasley radio remote and Columbia County Chamber of Commece ribbon cutting is being scheduled.
Their closest competition is now Roly Poly in West Augusta. Great Wraps Sandwich closed recently in the Mullins Crossing Shopping Center in Evans.
The Roosters Beak at 215 Tenth Street announced via Facebook on Tuesday that THIS Saturday would be the last night the restaurant and bar establishment would be open. Many downtown eateries have reported sales off by as much as half since the Augusta Richmond County Sheriff instituted “roadblocks” in an effort to stem DUI and crime in the downtown area. That coupled with a number of new restaurant openings in downtown has created a “smaller piece of the pie” for existing places.
Here is their FACEBOOK message posted for more than 2,700 fans to read.
“Its with great excitement, sadness, hope, and every other emotion under the sun, that we regretfully announce Rooster’s Beak last week of service starting today. this saturday will be our last night of service to the public.
We will miss our great staff that has provided the best work environment we could of ever asked for. we want to thank all the customers and especially our regulars over the almost five years of business. Words can not even come close to describe the gratefulness we have for all of you. We have learned so much and wish everyone the best.
On a good note, we are offering some great drink specials this week for the final week, so we hope to see all of our friends really soon…
bottle beer – 2.5 big beers – half off draft beer – 3.5 wine – half off bottles and glasses liquor – reduced, varies per drink item.”
Pre-Opening Events Benefit Press On and American Red Cross of Augusta
(Augusta, GA – October 14, 2013) – Augusta’s Texas Roadhouse opens Monday and before the first guest walks in the door the restaurant will roll out the red, white and blue carpet for several local organizations. This week, as the restaurant trains new cooks, meat cutters and other kitchen team members, local police and firefighters will be the first to try the restaurant’s legendary hand-cut steaks, fall-off-the-bone ribs and made-from-scratch sides.
On Friday and Saturday, the restaurant will host invitation-only pre-opening events and raise money for Press On to CURE Childhood Cancer and the American Red Cross of Augusta.
“Both of these incredible organizations help thousands of families each year, in their greatest hour of need,” says Michael Griffin, Managing Partner. “We’re proud to partner with these wonderful organization and can’t imagine a better way to celebrate our opening than by helping an agencies that serve so many families across this community.”
The restaurant officially opens the doors at 107 Sherwood Drive, on Monday, October 21 from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. brings 150 new jobs to this community.
Last year, Texas Roadhouse “steaked” its claim as consumers’ #1 choice for steak. In Nation’s Restaurant News’ second annual Consumer Picks survey, thousands of diners chose Texas Roadhouse Inc. (Nasdaq: TXRH) as the nation’s top steakhouse. The Louisville, Ky-based company also trumped the competition in three main categories — food quality, value and menu variety.
A North Carolina entrepreneur has hired two Augusta food and beverage professionals to run Andrew’s Place in the former Malibu Jacks building at 229 Fury’s Ferry Road at the corner of the Riverwatch Parkway. A build out of the existing place is underway and the two key folks are aiming for an opening of Friday October 25. Andrew’s Place will be a Bistro\Pub like feel. Nicer tables have been brought in with linen. The bar has been extended from its current location to what was once a private meeting room area with dart boards. The entire restaurant and bar has been opened up.
The managers have given it an old Victorian style feel. Sample menu items include Roast Chicken, Grilled NY Strip Steak, Tapas foods — all with a Spanish influence.
The General Manager\Head Chef worked under Phillippe Chin in Augusta at the Partridge Inn and also worked at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant in Atlanta.
The husband and wife team at Cloverleaf Catering are expanding their business to include the space next door at the Ashley Square Shopping Center on 4015 Washington Road.
It’s been about two years since they purchased “Cindy’s Catering” from Cindy Crawford — after her health caused her to retire. Cindy used to rent the space next door for her café of sandwiches, soups, salads, etc…, and closed that prior to retiring. It’s been vacant ever since and now Cloverleaf Catering will utilize the space to grow their business.
Their business model is similar to Cindy’s Catering — catering for weddings and special events and casseroles for sale to feed hungry families and offices.
Several months back we had Cindy on the program to talk about her retirement and a home-based wreath business she had just started.