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Takeout place will be new venture for owner
An artist rendering of the take-out restaurant and bait and tackle shop.

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Following a question about what is going on with the house on the corner of Lynncliff Drive and Dawsonville Highway, the owner reached out to The Times and the following is a bit more information about his plans.

Terry Richards owns the property and has gotten approval for a take-out restaurant and bait and tackle shop there, which will be in two separate buildings. The bait and tackle shop is being constructed now.

Richards bought the property in the spring and said he is shooting for a November opening, though rain may delay that goal.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners approved a rezoning for the property in late March to allow for the venture.

Because the property is on a designated “gateway corridor,” any new building was required to have a stone facade, but Richards got permission to put 40 percent stone facade on the front existing building and 60 percent stone facade on the new back building.

The business will offer take-out barbecue as well as breakfast sandwiches, which will be something like either an English muffin or biscuit with bacon, egg and cheese.

Richards described the idea as offering a place for especially fishermen to get last-minute supplies as well as some breakfast and a cup of coffee on the way to the lake.

“And then when they’re finished at the end of their day of fishing, they’ve got a place to come for a barbecue sandwich,” he said. “So hope to catch ’em coming, catch ’em going, or one or the other.”

Richards said he retired from the telecommunications business and he and his wife will be running the business, with plans to hire another full-time employee early next year and several part-time employees.

“I’m just done with the corporate world and always wanted to do my own thing,” he said. “I love to fish, I love to barbecue and I love Lake Lanier. And I’m going to wrap it all up in one package.”

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