A new “family-style, community-involved” restaurant is planned off Hog Mountain Road in Flowery Branch.
Kaleigh Oxendine is working to open Hometown Grill, next to Hometown Spirits, just south of Spout Springs Road, in 2018.
“We’re basically gutting out the entire (location),” the Flowery Branch resident said Tuesday.
Hometown Grill replaces Green’s Tavern, which closed April 8, a couple of months after Flowery Branch City Council had voted to suspend the restaurant’s license to serve alcoholic beverages for six weeks pending an appeal in Hall County Superior Court.
The restaurant was accused of serving drinks to already drunken patrons who then left the restaurant and caused a head-on collision with another vehicle, according to testimony at a Feb. 16 council meeting.
Green’s Tavern closed before the suspension took place, City Clerk Melissa McCain said.
As the new owner, Oxendine has big plans.
“It’s going to be like a family-style sports restaurant,” she said.
In addition to TVs dotting the walls, “I’m going to work with the schools to get group pictures of all the local sports teams to put up,” Oxendine said.
She is also planning student ID discounts and spirit nights.
The food will be “fresh, not frozen,” Oxendine said. “Everything will be handmade.”
The menu will include burgers, wings and a “separate oyster menu,” she said.
The restaurant will feature a bar, with a “garage-door-style” look going out to the patio, and live entertainment “that will start earlier rather than later,” Oxendine said.
“I’m totally changing the concept. It’s not going to be walking into a dark hole anymore,” she said. “There’ll be lots of lighting.”