Business Briefs: Shoney’s opens in Newnan

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Shoney’s CEO David Davoudpour and Executive Chef Will Eudy at the VIP grand opening event of the new Newnan Shoney’s.

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL business@newnan.com The Newnan Shoney’s opened Thursday, in the former Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse location on Bullsboro Drive. The restaurant offers traditional Shoney’s favorites, including sandwiches and burgers, and the breakfast buffet. Other breakfast items, including pancakes and omelets, are served all day. Will Eudy is the executive chef.
The Newnan Shoney’s also offers beer and wine, as well as a coffee bar in the morning. A VIP opening event was held Wednesday at the restaurant. At 6,300 square feet, the new Newnan restaurant is the largest Shoney’s, and new CEO David Davoudpour is using it as a prototype of new Shoney’s restaurants. The story of how a new Shoney’s came to Newnan is a personal one. Davoudpour’s wife, Christy, is from Newnan. Several months ago, Davoudpour visited his father-in-law, Danny Boone, in the hospital. Boone asked him, “When are you going to open me a Shoney’s down in Newnan?” “I told him, ‘Find me a location,’” Davoudpour said. Boone said he already had — the former Bugaboo Creek. Boone died shortly thereafter. While in Newnan for his funeral, Davoudpour checked out the Bugaboo Creek location. “He was right” about the location, Davoudpour said of his father-in-law. “I’ve got to keep my promise.” On Tuesday, a special event was held with Boone’s friends to celebrate the new restaurant. The restaurant employs nearly 100 people. Davoudpour said approximately 2,300 people applied for those jobs. “I’m proud to be a part of this community,” he said. But “I’m sad to see that this many people in our community need jobs.” ••• SEWING STUDIO OFFERS FREE CLASS FOR KIDS Patty’s Sewing Studio is offering one free introductory sewing class for children 6 to 14. Classes will be held this Tuesday, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2. Time slots are 3:15 to 4:15 or 4:30 to 5:30. Pre-registration is required. There are only four seats per class. To register call 770-254-2659 or visit www.pattysewingschool.com. ••• FREE BELLY DANCE CLASS AT THE STUDIO Newnan Belly Dance is relocating to The Studio, at 3231 Hwy. 34 East, Sharpsburg. To celebrate the move, they are offering a free class, along with registration for the fall session, on Sept. 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. “If you ever thought about taking tribal belly dance classes or would like to give it another go-round, this is the perfect time to meet the instructor and mingle without any commitment,” said instructor Hollie Morgan Schmidt. ••• COGGIN RETIRES FROM TRAVELPORT Newnan resident and city council member Robert Coggin has announced his retirement from Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry. Coggin is retiring vice chairman of Travelport’s GDS operations. For the past 10 years, Coggin has been an advisor and ambassador for Travelport across the travel industry. Prior to Travelport’s acquisition of Worldspan in 2007, Coggin was vice chairman of Galileo and, prior to that, he was vice chairman of Travelport Airline Services. Coggin joined Travelport in 2002, after 42 years with Delta Air Lines. ••• BJ'S AWARDS $17,500 IN GRANTS The BJ’s Charitable Foundation recently donated $17,500 to three Georgia nonprofit organizations that focus on hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, health care and education for the disadvantaged. The grants are part of a larger donation that provides donations to charitable organizations in the 15 states where BJ’s Wholesale Clubs are located. The grants included $7,500 for the Community Assistance Resources and Emergency Services Food for Hunger Program in Jasper, $5,000 to Good News Clinics in Gainesville, and $5,000 for the Center for the Visually Impaired after school enrichment program. ••• KROGER CUSTOMERS HELP CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK The recent Kroger Atlanta Division campaign benefiting Children’s Miracle Network raised more than $385,500. From July 26 to Aug. 13, customers could purchase $1 “miracle balloons” to help fund medical care and outreach programs for local children in need. ••• BMG EXPANDS INTO NEWNAN Brand Mortgage Group announces it is expanding its operations into the Newnan-Peachtree City area. The Newnan office, at 21 Highland Drive, is the company’s 13th location in the southeast. The branch will be headed by David Loeffler, a 25-year mortgage veteran. Sales Manager Linda Walden has over 30 years of experience. Rounding out the team are Mike Estes, Pam Morris, and Lynne Staples. Brand Mortgage Group is a subsidiary of The Brand Banking Company, a full-service lender.


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