Another New Restaurant Planned for Key Suwanee Site

This Suwanee Town Center restaurant site has been vacant since December 2013. (Credit: Steve Burns.)

This Suwanee Town Center restaurant site has been vacant since December 2013. (Credit: Steve Burns.)

In the latest episode of “As the Suwanee restaurant turns …”

Yet another new restaurateur plans to do business in a Suwanee Town Center site that has seen some recent failures — and seen one recent plan fail to materialize.

Plans now call for Suwanee Park Tavern to occupy the site overlooking Town Center Park. Recent plans for Hurricane Grill & Wings to open in the space fell through recently, when Hurricane did not sign a lease with developer Madison Retail. This despite the fact that Hurricane had obtained an alcoholic beverage license from Suwanee City Council in September.

However, a lease has been signed for Suwanee Park Tavern, according to Suwanee resident Robert Oakley, a member of the ownership group. Renovations have begun on the interior of the site.

The Uptown Grille was the most recent failed tenant, closing in December 2013 after opening the previous April. It featured upscale cuisine.

Olde Towne Tavern & Grille closed in a bankruptcy proceeding in December 2012. It was a casual dining/sports bar restaurant.

Robert Oakley said Friday (Oct. 24) that Suwanee Park Tavern will “stay away from” the wings/sports bar theme that is common in Suwanee. He said his eatery will be like a “scaled-down Houston’s,” which is described as “American casual dining.”

The signature open-air bar in the Suwanee site will again come to life. Robert Oakley said the bartenders “will have to have flair.” He said his group has applied for an alcohol license; the soonest that it could come up for approval in Suwanee would be in late November at the City Council meeting.

“I’d love to be open before the New Year, especially,” Robert Oakley said.

Other members of the ownership group are Robert Oakley’s wife Rhonda Oakley and Cary Purcell, who Robert Oakley said has restaurants in Buckhead and downtown Atlanta.

Robert Oakley said he is motivated by a “desire to own a restaurant.” He said he will not be cooking at the site, however — “that’s why you hire a GM.”

– What do you think about this latest plan for this Suwanee restaurant site? Leave a comment below.

 

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Notre Dame-FSU: Twitter Tells a Story

There already was plenty of hype going into Saturday night’s game between No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 2 Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla.

The outcome — and more specifically, a penalty on Notre Dame on a potential game-winning play — will add to it. Continue reading

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Todd Gurley Suspension: Small Money, Big Problem(s)

$400.

The indefinite suspension of Todd Gurley, the University of Georgia’s star running back, that was announced Thursday (Oct. 9) allegedly happened over $400.

Signing of memorabilia by Gurley allegedy is involved. ┬áBut we’re really talking about money. Continue reading

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Mississippi Burning — With Football Fever; Hear Katy Perry Roar

The above Vine video shows superstar entertainer Katy Perry in Oxford, Miss., after Saturday’s Ole Miss victory over Alabama.

You knew it was not going to be an ordinary football Saturday in Mississippi when it began with Katy Perry and corndogs on ESPN. Continue reading

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Katy Perry Does ESPN; Twitter Reacts

You expected a fight song? C’mon, this is live TV in the social media era.

Not long after singer Katy Perry appeared on ESPN College GameDay on Saturday, Twitter went into overdrive. “Why is Katy Perry” was trending, with people wondering why the superstar entertainer, who has no known sports or Southeastern connections, was on stage in Oxford, Miss. (See the above video and below tweet for an excerpt.) Continue reading

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There’s Timing in Baseball … Maybe

Clocks on a baseball field? The fact that such a thing is being done on a trial basis makes me recall a conversation of a few years ago.

“What makes them miss?” the woman asked me after watching baseball hitters whiff a couple of times in a televised game. (Yes, this conversation happened in the 21st century.) Continue reading

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In Todd They Trust (#UGA)

The winning touchdown came off a fumble recovery. So that would tell you that Saturday’s Tennessee-Georgia game in Athens, Ga., was not exactly classic Southeastern Conference football. Continue reading

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