Athens is never short on new businesses coming to town. From one announcement to another, these past few months have been saturated with “coming soon” hype.
Here are a few of the businesses you might have missed that are coming to the Classic City.
Fully Loaded Pizza Co.
- Opening: April 2019
- Story: The restaurant which first opened its doors in Watkinsville will open its second location in Five Points, in the building formerly occupied by a Waffle House which closed in June 2018.
- Style: Pizzeria to sell pizza, pasta, wings and more
- Location: 1255 South Milledge Ave.
Chops & Hops
- Opening: Prior to the 2019 UGA football season
- Story: The owners of Whiskey Bent decided to convert the popular downtown bar into a casual fine dining restaurant, Chops & Hops. The bar will shut down sometime this month, and construction is expected to begin soon, although a specific date has not been set.
- Style: Popular downtown bar turned steakhouse
- Location: 335 E. Clayton St., formerly Whiskey Bent Bar
- Opening: TBA
- Story: After some speculation, it was officially confirmed that a Piggly Wiggly would fill the 10,000 square foot grocery space in a mixed-use development project on Prince Avenue. Apartments and retail space will accompany the grocery store.
- Style: Grocery store
- Location: 100 Prince Ave.
- Opened: Feb. 27
- Story: Meaning “many burgers,” Burgerim officially opened in February, offering many options and combinations of burger styles. The restaurant opened eight months after renovations began.
- Style: Gourmet burger joint
- Location: 351 E. Broad St.
- Opening: April 2019
- Story: El Barrio, which means “the neighborhood” in Spanish, will offer low-priced Mexican-style food while also bringing a neighborly feel to the Five Points area, the owners said.
- Style: Mexican-style restaurant
- Location: 1331 South Milledge Ave.
For more updates on changes to the business scene in Athens, check out our first “Business Bulletin.”
Correction: In a previous version of this article, the address for Fully Loaded Pizza Co. was incorrectly stated. This has since then been corrected. The Red & Black regrets these errors.