Updated: West End Grill, former Sonny’s, closes. After 40 years, Gardner says he’s ready for a chance of pace, other opportunities.

For Sale signs are up Sunday afternoon at 2103 Shorter Ave. the former Sonny’s BBQ and West End Grill. Hometown photo.



We received these comments from restaurant owner Curtis Gardner on Monday afternoon:

“As you’re aware, we transitioned our concept to West End Grill this past March.  After operating West End Grill for a few months, I decided after being in the business for over 40 years I was eager for a change of pace, to explore other opportunities, especially as it related to being in business for myself.  So we closed the store on May 14, have as you probably realize put the property up for sale and I’m currently assessing my next step and what opportunities are out there that would be a good fit.  I’m extremely grateful to the Rome and Floyd County community for all the support they’ve given us over the years, and have no intention of leaving the area, as this is our home!”



Longtime restaurateur Curtis Gardner has closed his West End Grill at 2103 Shorter Ave. after just two months in business. Prior to opening the West End Grill, Gardner operated Sonny’s BBQ at the same spot from June 1994 until March 1 of this year when he ended his run as a franchisee.

The property is now listed with Hardy Realty with an asking price of $995,000. The listing with Hardy Realty: 5,700 sq. ft. fully equipped restaurant with seating for 192 people. The restaurant sits on 1.4 acres with 100 parking spaces. It is located on Shorter Avenue with a traffic count of 33,000 ADT. The restaurant is said to be in mint condition. Zoning is community commercial which would provide flexibility if new owner wants to change use.

“Sonny’s has been good to me and my family over the years, and BBQ will always be a passion of mine.  Best of all has been the love and support we’ve received over the years from our guests and fans,” said Gardner in March as he closed Sonny’s.  “The folks of Rome and Floyd County have been second to none, and my family and our team at the restaurant thank them for being so supportive and part of our family.”


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