Downtown Rome regulars knew something was up Sunday afternoon as a U-Haul was spotted in front of 315 Broad St., the home of Sellers Gourmet Eatery since July.
A midday Monday phone call there went unanswered and then the above photo arrived. One more call later, to Sellers in Calhoun, and we had the answers.
“I closed it down,” said David Sellers, who opened the Rome location with his wife, Amanda, after their success in downtown Calhoun. He wasted no time in saying why: “Customer parking. You had people parking there three, four hours a day — our customers called us and said they wanted to join us but couldn’t park.”
The end result, he says: “We couldn’t get customers” because of parking concerns.
Sellers brought paninis, sandwiches, a rare salad bar and some pretty nice spins on potatoes, from French fries to loaded sidewinder fries. One of the most popular items: Their burgers, including a pimento cheese burger with an onion ring and other fixings.The prices were moderate — you were paying $10 to $12 but you usually left satisfied.
For now, the couple is focusing on Calhoun but David Sellers says he’s scouting other Rome locations. He quickly offered his cell phone in case there’s another spot open: 706-512-0000.
Background: Sellers closes on something of a dubious anniversary. It was mid January 2011 when Michael Landers closed The Greener Burger, the last restaurant at 313 and 315 Broad St. before Sellers opened, after seven months of business. That’s about how long Sellers was open as well.