Downtown Macon Landmark Completes Expansion
The newly renovated building includes a larger kitchen and 3,000 square feet of additional dining space.
Rookery expansion ribbon cutting / Davd Domingue (WGXA)
On Thursday, November 2nd, Main Street Macon held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the expansion of The Rookery, a downtown Macon landmark. After eight years of serving Middle Georgia handspun milkshakes and innovative burgers, The Moonhanger Group purchased the building next door at 533 Cherry Street with intentions to expand The Rookery’s dining space and kitchen.
“The Rookery is a downtown institution,” said Wes Griffith, owner of The Moonhanger Group, “one of the few businesses that survived the opening of the Macon Mall in the late 70s. Since we breathed some new life into it in 2009, The Rookery has been growing with downtown, and I think contributing to a growing cultural scene. This expansion allows us to us keep growing with downtown while cutting down on wait times and also offering live music.”
The newly renovated building includes a larger kitchen and 3,000 square feet of additional dining space. The Rookery’s expansion also includes the addition of The Creek Stage, a new venue in downtown Macon to accommodate Macon’s growing music scene. The venue seats 100 people and includes a 15-foot stage and full-service bar.
“This is something downtown has needed for a long time,” said Brad Evans, co-owner of The Creek FM, the Americana radio station that occupies the second floor of 533 Cherry Street. “A true, smoke-free, listening room that can host up-and-coming acts not quite ready for the bigger stages in town like The Capitol Theatre.”
Performances on The Creek Stage will begin on Saturday, November 4 with a concert by War and Treaty, which is already sold out.
The Rookery is now serving patrons in the newly expanded space. The Rookery is open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 10pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 10:30pm.