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.)

UPDATE: Suwanee Park Tavern has been granted an alcoholic-beverage license by the City of Suwanee.

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.



About Steve Burns

I live in the Atlanta area. I also lived for many years in Southern California. I'm into mainstream media, social media, sports, business and politics. I worked for AOL's Patch, but this is my personal blog. I'm on Twitter (@bsteve76), Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest. See ya 'round!
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