Gainesville native George Arnett knows about building a restaurant, and after years in the business throughout the state, he’s bringing a new one to his home town.
Arnett is behind the new Riggy’s Sports Grill at 2415 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville. The restaurant hopes to open the second week of May and is a family-friendly sports grill “with something for everyone,” according to manager Jervis Edwards.
“I was partner in a sports bar group in Roswell, Marietta, Kennesaw and Norcross, Mazzy’s Sports Bar and Grill,” Arnett said. “I grew up in Gainesville, and what we were doing there, Gainesville never had. I coach baseball here and I saw this property, which was just perfect for what I can do.”
Riggy’s has some of the traditional sports bar feeling: custom carpentry on a double-sided bar, craftsmanship surrounding two big-screen televisions and numerous televisions throughout the dining areas. It also has darts, an arcade golf game called Golden Tee and a pool room with competition-quality Olhausen tables, where Arnett said he’ll often be founding giving free tips or tutorials.
The pool tables will be rented by the hour, and darts will be free.
“I’d love to see dad come in with the kids Sunday afternoons to play some pool,” Arnett said.
Edwards said the grill will boast a state-of-the-art, high-definition sound and video system. He hopes Riggy’s will be the “go-to place for all of the best in sporting events.”
The menu, Edwards said, was designed to be as fun as the environment. It’s a full from-scratch menu with a kids menu and lunch specials. It will have some of the typical sports bar fare, including burgers and fries, plus some other items to appease any guest: Salads, pasta, steaks, tacos and flatbread called “Riggy bread,” plus “the Mother of All Burritos,” which Edwards said could feed at least four.
The restaurant will be open late and will offer late-night industry discounts to those in the service industry.
“For me, food should be fun,” Arnett said. “So we have a lot of creative menu ideas and just a fun environment. It’s family friendly, and I want all ages — from babies to grandpas — coming in and enjoying our food, our TVs and games.”