You need a scorecard to track what’s proposed for downtown Rome. First, the food court–and then four to six restaurants (and lofts)?

You need a scorecard to track what’s proposed for downtown Rome. First, the food court–and then four to six restaurants (and lofts)?

La Conquista Mexicana Grill is a spinoff of the restaurant in Armuchee. It also has secured its pouring licenses from Rome’s Alcohol Control Commission.
Duke’s Wings & Seafood likewise is on the way. It has had successful runs in Calhoun and Cartersville. We played a little phone tag with owner Derrick Williams on Thursday. You can check what the Adairsville location looks like and offers by clicking Facebook.
One of the comments from downtown foodies: bring something different. While you get a cheesesteak in our area. this will be the first spot we know of that will specialize in the sandwich that made a city famous. Of course, that will prompt the debate on whether a cheesesteak is sandwich. We won’t start with hamburgers.
Food court developer Dr. Raj Miniyar says this will be a Thai/sushi mix. Northwest Georgia has fallen in love with sushi (Blue Fin, Okinawah and others) as well as hibachi. Thai is available on the other end of Broad Street.


Let’s start with the given: Above please find a few more visuals to go with what’s coming to Miniyar’s Lofts on Broad and International Food Court opening soon at 114 Broad St. in the Cotton Block, courtesy of Davis Contracting and Development Inc., which has been working almost nonstop on the site in recent months. We anxious to see how it all comes together with some restaurants opening this month.

Now let’s move to the speculative side of what we’re hearing.

A) Wayne Robinson is working with a group to put a different type of restaurant to Broad Street in the former Ginger’s building. Up above, he’s planning lofts with a view of Town Green and the river.

B) There’s some real estate in play that could include an eclectic restaurant chain and more apartments. News on this one should be out by month’s end.

C) A new restaurant is in the works for a well-known building with lofts possible upstairs as well. Again, let’s get this one to the closing table before speculating on who’s on the way in. Well, maybe not. This might be the best option for another Rome favorite looking for a Broad Street address (i.e., not part of downtown at this time).

D) There’s still the just-about-turnkey spot in the Cotton Block down from the lofts/food court. With a $1 million price tag (equipment included, we believe), it might take some time.

E) The current home of SmartyPants at 405 Broad St. is among 15 properties up for auction Tuesday — as is the parking lot on the East First side.  Dedicated parking is becoming a big factor. The folks at SmartyPants say they’re not planning any changes. (Background)  SpringStone Yoga, at 405 1/2, has other plans and will move to 210 E. Second Ave. by Aug. 28.


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