Dining options are about to increase in Flowery Branch this year.
At least five restaurants have opened, are looking to open or are in planning stages in the South Hall city.
Here’s a look at the eateries:
The restaurant took over for HomeTown Grill off Hog Mountain Road, near Spout Springs Road, on Jan. 1, according to Flowery Branch.
Flowery Branch City Council voted Thursday, Jan. 2, to issue a beer, wine and distilled spirits license for the new establishment.
The new owners plan to keep the restaurant “more family-oriented than it has been in the past,” according to a city document.
HomeTown opened in June 2018, after the owner had finished an interior makeover. The restaurant replaced Green’s Tavern, which closed in April 2017
The fast-food hamburger restaurant is planned as part of a building with a gas station at the corner of Spout Springs and Holland Dam roads.
The building would feature a dual drive-thru. An automatic car wash with self-serve vacuum bays are also planned on the site.
Originally approved in October 2018, the project is still under development.
“At this time, we are currently working through the building process,” said Garry Warford of Jones Petroleum.
The breakfast and lunch eatery with locations throughout Georgia has opened a location at Stonebridge Village shopping center off Spout Springs and Hog Mountain roads, near Interstate 985.
It’s in a spot once occupied by Fini’s Pizzeria, an original Stonebridge Village tenant.
The chain, with operating hours of 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at its locations, bills itself as having “familiar food with flair.”
The menu features omelettes, breakfast skillets, hamburgers, sandwiches and salads.
The chain began in 1997 in Marietta and has 23 locations, operating throughout metro Atlanta, Macon and Savannah, as well as in Tennessee, according to the company’s website.
“Flowery Branch … is a good fit for J. Christopher’s growth,” said Taylor Boltz, office manager for the chain, in a September interview. “The location fit our needs and we are excited.”
The fast-food hamburger restaurant is planning to break ground in February and open before Memorial Day “if weather permits for our construction schedule,” said Kimberly Dobbs Scott, vice president of operations for McDonald’s of Northeast Georgia Inc.
“We are ready to go and look forward to growing in the Flowery Branch area,” she said.
The restaurant would be at the corner of Hog Mountain and Spout Springs roads and involve tearing down the former Rite Aid store there now.
The chain, which already has many diners in Hall County, is planning to build a new restaurant next to Wells Fargo bank off Hog Mountain Road, near Stonebridge Village.
The company has “submitted for a land disturbance permit and are currently being reviewed,” Flowery Branch city planner Rich Atkinson said.
“It appears that we will start construction later this year, but I do not have a specific timeline,” Waffle House spokeswoman Kelly Thrasher- Bruner said.