New, expanding eateries changing the face of downtown Newnan
by Clay Neely
The owners of Harvest Christian Bookstores on Newnan’s Court Square emptied their shelves and chained their doors shut on Friday, less than two months since their grand opening in September, citing a lack of sustainable business.
However, several new downtown businesses are poised to open their doors within the next two months.
Chad Smith, former owner of the Redneck Bar & Grill, is hoping to launch his latest venture, Rednexican, by mid-to-late November. The restaurant menu has been described by Smith as “a fusion of Southern barbecue and Mexican cuisine.” The location has previously hosted such businesses as Lee-King Drugstore, Quiznos and most recently Salad Express.
Jason Kanner is looking at a late November opening as well for ACE Growlers on West Court Square. ACE Growlers will be Newnan’s first craft beer speciality store, offering more than 35 varieties of craft beer on tap along with a variety of snacks and home brewing equipment.
“We’ve had a really positive response from the community so far. Our neighbors, the city, everybody we have come in contact with has been really supportive,” said Kanner.
Jefferson Street will soon be bustling with activity in January with both the relocation of The Cellar and the grand opening of restaurant Meat ‘N Greet.
“I’m really excited about it,” said Amy Murphy, owner of Fabiano’s, The Alamo and now Meat ‘N Greet which will be in the former Saza’s location just south of Madison Street.
“We’ll be gutting the law office and opening up the space between. We’ll then adjoin them with a horseshoe-shaped bar. We will be serving some good barbecue, awesome craft burgers along with a selection of high end bourbon and local craft beer,” said Murphy.
Murphy hopes to coincide the opening of Meat ‘N Greet with the relocation of The Cellar to Jefferson Street in the former Firestone building, which most recently housed part of SMF Cycles until that business relocated to space on Bullsboro Drive. “We’re both looking to open our doors around the same time,” said Murphy.