Atlas Pizza’s purchase of the 32,000-square-foot, two-story 305 Bradford building downtown may bring 20 to 40 new jobs to Gainesville.
Mark Jordan, who owns the restaurant with his brother, Vic, said they would be hiring at least 20 new workers in the next three months.
“We have 22 employees now, including ourselves,” he said.
Currently located in a 2,300-square-foot space on the downtown square, Atlas will renovate the top floor of the site formerly known as the Treasures for Your Home building over the next four months.
Mark Jordan said he was having his first meeting Thursday with builder Shane Clark.
Atlas plans to add a porch perched above Bradford and North streets with outdoor patio dining for 60-80 guests; a sports bar area featuring more than 20 60-inch plasma televisions; four pool tables, three dartboard alleys and a golf simulator; a fully furnished musician stage for local artists and groups; a separate family-friendly kids’ area with video games; skee ball and a basketball goal; and an area for local artist displays and sales, with the artist retaining all of the income.
Mark Jordan said a pinball machine and mini bowling also may be added.
The building “has the space we need, it’s a great structure of a building and it’s very visible,” Mark Jordan said. “The space is just great.”
Mark Jordan said the new space would allow the restaurant to triple its seating capacity.
He said the current location has a total of 22 tables for four, but in addition to the extra room for patrons, plans are to expand the size of the tables.
While most restaurant tables, he said, are 4 feet by 2« or 4 by 3, plans are to build 6«-by-3«-foot tables out of reclaimed wood.
“When you put a 16-inch pizza on a table, it takes a lot of room,” Mark Jordan said.
He said the restaurant will add a new computer system, and servers will take orders on tablet computers.
“We’re going to update with the times,” he said.
Because the new site remains in the downtown area, the restaurant will still be able to sell alcoholic beverages to patrons at downtown events such as First Friday.
Lakeview Interiors and Antiques, which occupies the lower 16,000-square-foot floor will remain open and plans to sign a longer-term lease, according to Brent Hoffman with Prudential Georgia Realty, who sold the facility.
“Mark and Vic have a fantastic business plan to expand,” he said. “This (16,000-square-foot) main floor has tremendous visibility for Atlas and the addition of a sports bar will really attract more customers. The separate family area will really appeal to the young families who crave a fun but family-oriented atmosphere.”
“I’m ready to be in the new place,” Mark Jordan said. “We’ll literally close one day and open the next” in the new location, he said. “When we moved from Wedgy’s (pizza restaurant on Thompson Bridge Road), we were only closed for one day. This time, we won’t even close (for one day).”