Dining: Truett’s Chick-fil-A to replace Dwarf House on Shorter Avenue. Closing set for June; grand reopening in November. What you need to know.

Dining: Truett’s Chick-fil-A to replace Dwarf House on Shorter Avenue. Closing set for June; grand reopening in November. What you need to know.

Opening day for the Riverside “container” Chick-fil-A location in October. Hometown file photo.

 

Overview: Rumored for more than a year, the closing and rebuild of the Chick-fil-A Dwarf House on Shorter Avenue is now a “go.” The restaurant will close in June for a massive updating, reopening in November with a new name, Truett’s Chick-fil-A. Service will continue at the Riverside Parkway “container” site as well as at Mount Berry Mall. It’s the latest move by Chick-fil-A in our market. The Cartersville store also is being rebuilt; the Calhoun location underwent extensive remodeling last summer; and a new location, Rockmart, opened last year as well. But the big news is below:

Media release: After being open for more than 24 years, the Rome Dwarf House at 264 Shorter Ave NW will close its doors for a brief period to undergo a remodel, bringing the chain’s newest restaurant design and an increased capacity to a new, more convenient design for guests – all the while still providing the same full-service dining, self-serve dining, and drive through options.

The remodel, scheduled to take five months to complete, will have a grand reopening tentatively slated for November and with the new restaurant comes a new name, Truett’s Chick-fil-A.

A look at the Truett’s Chick-fil-A concept opened in Newnan last fall.

The new restaurant features the chain’s vintage heritage interior design, dining room with seating for 150 inside as well as additional patio seating and an increased kitchen capacity nearly double that of the original.

Customers on the go will find dual drive-through ordering lanes merging into a single payment and pickup lane, enhancing the chain’s award-winning drive-through service.

The interior features premium finishes including subway tile and large windows as well as a large gathering table made from reclaimed wood, and a custom light fixture made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles.

The beloved “little red door” which serves as an entrance to the Rome Dwarf House has been incorporated into the new restaurant’s entryway.

Thousands of team members have served hundreds of thousands of guests since Chick-fil-A’s Rome Dwarf House’s initial opening in 1993.

“For the past 24 years, I have served side by side with some amazing team members,” said Executive General Manager Greg Major. “They are truly the reason we have been successful in a location we’ve simply outgrown. We feel so honored to be the caretakers of such a gorgeous, special new place. We want our guests to walk in and immediately feel cared about.”

While the renovation is being completed, Major has found a creative avenue to better serve his customers. Many of his guests and Rome residents have likely noticed a unique restaurant alternative less than a mile away from the restaurant.

Created from five custom built shipping containers, this Chick-fil-A outpost opened on Oct. 23, on Riverside Parkway and has given guests another option to get their favorite menu items.

Offering about two-thirds of the Chick-fil-A menu, the shipping container restaurant has a complete kitchen and serves guests through a drive-up window.

During the remodel, the container store will remain open which will allow Major to retain a majority of his employees and those in the Rome area who get that Chick-fil-A craving will still be able to get their fill. Both the Mount Berry Mall Chick-fil-A and shipping container locations will continue to manage all catering orders throughout the renovation.

Additional information about the Rome Dwarf House can be found by visiting https://www.facebook.com/RomeDwarfHouse/.

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