Top 5 Restaurant Rennovations
Food lovers from across the middle Georgia area are flocking to Macon as more restaurants open up in the city. According to NewTown Macon, Downtown Macon is now home to 40 restaurants, 15 bars and 13 music and entertainment venues, not to mention an increasing number of housing options. From ice cream shops to Brew Pub's find out more about Downtown Macon's newest building renovations and additions.
1. Bearfoot Tavern
In 2016, Barefoot Tavern moved from its Cherry Street location into a larger space at 468 Second Street. Caesar Mammarella's newest location opened up in the former location of Macon’s first Piggly Wiggly which opened in 1918. Barefoot Tavern newest location now features a large beer garden in the back of the restaurant with an additional large bar that features 50+ beer brands, a brick pizza oven and new menu items.
2. Kudzu Seafood
Once home to one of the first department stores in the Southeast in 1903, the Dannenburg building at the corner of Third and Poplar streets took on new life as the “keystone project” in NewTown Macon’s third phase of revitalizing downtown: a $4.5 million rehab into 69 loft-style apartments, with additional retail space that includes a fitness gym and Kudzu Seafood.
3. Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen
Richie Jones, Brian & Trish Whitley and a small group of local entrepreneurs and professionals have worked together to restore this beautiful landmark located in the heart of downtown Macon. Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen is building upon on a long history of Macon breweries including Victorian-era Acme Brewing, Texas Cattle Company in the 1990s, and current production brewery, Macon Beer Company. Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen will be the place where middle Georgians families can flock for handcrafted beer, a one-of-a-kind urban arcade and honest food.
4. Scoops on Cherry
While many structures on Cherry Street between Second and Third Streets in Macon sat vacant for quite a while, revitalization efforts began and other restaurants, art galleries and loft spaces started to appear on the block. Downtown Macon regulars and residents watched as a fresh coat of paint went up at 567 Cherry Street that is now home to Macon Scoops.
5. Ocmulgee Brew Pub
In March of 2016, the management team and partners, Clark Nexsen Architectural/Engineering Firm, along with support from the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, met on site to officially announce a brewpub coming to Middle Georgia. Artist concept designs were unveiled and input was received from the concept drawings. The team at Ocmulgee Brewpub hopes to serve as a community crown jewel for many years to come while reminding residents of the rich Macon heritage that surrounds us all.