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Inside Bulloch Business with DeWayne Grice - A Boro restaurant update
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               When the college students return in August, they better come back very hungry. Here is an update on new restaurant options they will have in the Boro:

Blue Mile restaurants

               Al Chapman, owner of Gnat's Landing, has leased the former Southern Growlers across the street from Gnats. Chapman is completing major renovations of the facility and will open Del Sur Taco's and Cantina on August 1st at 514 South Main. Del Sur will feature gourmet tacos prepared with fresh ingredients and offer a full service bar with 20 draft beers on tap.
        Local food truck, Big Boy Cookies, is opening a storefront location in early Fall at the bakery and pastry kitchen of the former 441 Public Restaurant (441 South Main, Suite 2A). Owners Johnny and Hannah Wommack will be selling their mouthwatering cookies with plans to expand into other offerings in the future.
        Renovations are nearly complete on the Woodfire Pizza located in the former Vaden Nissan building in front of the Hamptons at 807 South Main.
        They are projecting a mid-July opening. The first phase of the project is the restaurant which is in the former sales and administrative part of the complex. It is a partnership with Rob and Jen Shafer who own Deano's Italian Grille in Dublin, Ga.
        They will cook in a brick oven with a focus on delivering the best quality of food at the lowest cost. The second phase will include a bar in the 4,500-square-foot building that housed the service center. They hope to have this open a few months after the restaurant. The two buildings will be connected with a courtyard.
        Jeff Humes is the managing partner. The operating group owns and operates the Social Club on Congress Street in Savannah. It has been a Savannah favorite since 2011.
        The SmoQue Pit is opening later this summer on the Blue Mile at 454 South Main Street across from Daylight Doughnuts. They will be open for lunch and supper serving smoked BBQ and all the trimmings. This will be Seni Alabi-Isama's third attempt in Statesboro. His first restaurant, South and Vine Public House, closed after it was destroyed by fire. His second restaurant, 441 Public Kitchen, closed after being open less than a year.

Restaurants outside of the Blue Mile
        Statesboro's newest seafood restaurant, The Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar, will be located on Fair Road beside Wild Wing Café. Based out of Carolina Beach, N.C., the seafood restaurant chain began in 2007 and has 10 locations in five states.
        The Statesboro location will be their first restaurant in Georgia. They feature almost exclusively American caught products, including shrimp and oysters on the half shell. Even though their specialty is steamed seafood, their menu also includes fried and grilled options. The restaurant is designed to have a beach shack feel and will include a full bar. They are planning a late fall opening.
        Both McDonald's locations in Statesboro, 810 Archway Drive and 460 Northside Drive East, owned and operated by Jim Booth, will soon have new looks. Construction on the exterior will begin on June 26 at the McDonald's Statesboro Archway location and on July 10 at McDonald's Northside. Shortly after, work will begin on the interior of both restaurants. The restaurants will have contemporary designs with remodeled lobbies and seating areas.
        By the end of August, the McDonald's Statesboro Archway restaurant will reopen its doors with a fresh new look designed to enhance customer experiences.
        Construction on the McDonald's Northside restaurant is scheduled for completion by the end of September 2017. Both McDonald's will remain open during construction.
        Pizza Mizza, a new takeout pizza restaurant, is now open. They serve specialty pizzas, wings, salads and more and offer free delivery to most of Statesboro. Pizza Mizza is located in the old Hungry Howies building at 607 Brannen Street Suite 4.
        The Roundabout Cafè, a new breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant, located at 8901 Burkhalter Road in the 5 Points Store is now open. They serve delicious breakfast dishes and savory sandwiches. Both Pizza Mizza and Roundabout are owned by Fatih Cecen and Donny Wilson. Many of you will remember Fatih as the former owner of Don Corleone's.
        After nearly two years of rumors of the addition of a third Waffle House, they have been permitted for a new location. The newest Waffle House will be constructed on the bypass at Eddie Rushing road near the former Fuzzy's and Millhouse restaurants.
        Checkers of Statesboro has still not settled on a final location to rebuild. They have narrowed their choices down and hope to have a location announcement soon.
        The rumors of the popular Papa Bucks BBQ from Metter opening a Statesboro location is not true. They are currently expanding to Vidalia. They do not have anything in the works for Statesboro at this time, but are looking for future opportunities.
        Please email DeWayne at dgrice@statesboroherald.com

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