Country House Buffet now hiring in Rome: Servers and a cook with “experience, country cook style” are sought as The Country House Buffet prepares to open Thursday, Dec. 7, at 144 Hicks Drive near Goodwill behind Home Depot. Applicants can stop by the restaurant or visit its Facebook page. Country House is planning an all-you-can-eat menu for lunch and dinner, similar to M & J’s on Shorter Avenue. It is the latest in an estimated 1,350 restaurants now in the 10-county Northwest Georgia Public Health district (true statement; that’s how many are inspected by health department officials each year).
A quick Christmas fix — for a fee: Barnsley Resort (we still say gardens but . . . ) offers a nearby dose of Christmas lights on most nights now through the season. The gardens and the Manor House Ruins “are lit for the season and open to the public for viewing” except for the following nights: Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 5, 8, 9 and 16 (that’s two Fridays and two Saturdays for planning purposes). “Holiday Garden Fees apply for the self-guided, walking tours: $15 adults; $10 senior citizens and students;and free for children under 12 “with the donation the donation of a new toy for Toys for Tots. Garden fees are waived for overnight resort guests and members.” Best bet is to call ahead first: 770-773-7480 and dialing 0. How does that compare? Callaway Gardens ranges from $21 to $28 for adults (depends on prime nights); Lanier Islands, $35 for a carload (up to 10); and Enchanted Garden of Lights, Chattanooga, $19.95 weekends and $22.95 Friday-Sunday.