The Cotton Block is about to get very busy.
Several more restaurants are committed to Miniyar’s International Food Court at 114 Broad St. including a regional favorite, Duke’s Wings & Seafood. Already a hit in Calhoun and Adairsville, Derrick Williams is bringing the restaurant to Rome later this month.
Already announced is a satellite edition of La Conquista Mexican Restaurant on Martha Berry Highway in Armuchee. No changes are planned for the main restaurant. Two others are on the way and we hope to have updates from them by Friday or over the weekend. Look for a cheese steak place as well as an Asian fusion style place with Thai and sushi.
Duke’s timing is good. Rome recently lost WOW Cafe & Wingery in Armuchee after Chuck Patel decides to move on following a decade there. J.R. Cricket’s, a metro Atlanta chain, tried a spot at Magretta Hall at Broad and Second Avenue but it has since closed with LocoMex taking its place. Cricket’s is known for its wings. Other options include Rome City Brewing, Jefferson’s and a few more.
Dr. Raj Miniyar, who’s pediatrician practices stretches from Cedartown to Trion, has developed the food court and his Lofts on Broad. The building offers eight loft apartments that are being managed by Hardy Realty. “There is a huge demand for apartments along Broad St.,” Miniyar said in a June interview with Hometown Headlines. “Before I purchased this building, I was talking to someone who told me there was a long waiting list of folks who wanted to live on Broad Street. This is a desired location and the place to be.”
Miniyar’s lofts include tall ceilings, huge windows and hardwood flooring all in renovated historic buildings.
This already has been a busy summer among downtown restaurants with the arrival of LocoMex, the upcoming switch from Curlee’s to Giggity’s Sports Bar, another restaurant just about signed for the bottom floor of the former Ginger’s and a player to be named later — also in the Cotton Block — where that wood-fired pizza restaurant was to go.
Road trip! We hope you were with us a week ago on the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM when Nick Kessler, a producer for Road Trip Masters, joined us to talk about filming a segment of the Discovery Channels show in Rome. Nick and his colleague, Brian Fulmer, drove their familiar gold Cadillac onto Broad Street and up to Rome City Brewing Co. for an interview with Jay Shell and Dr. Trent Prault Wednesday afternoon (that’s the brew crew with Nick, far left, and Brian second from the right) in this photo from Facebook. The radio interview and story on WRGA apparently got recycled (and shared) in a few other spots around the digital dial this week, adding to the show’s appeal. Kessler and Fulmer are teachers from Pennsylvania who do road trips for Road Trip over the summer. The video captured in Rome this week should be broadcast in the 2018 season. You can learn more about the show by going to roadtripmasters.com.