Dining: Countdown begins for Chick-fil-A Dwarf House refit. Five restaurants honored in state’s ‘100 Plates Locals Love.’ Time to vote for favorite restaurant (and retailer, attraction) in Bartow.

Dining: Countdown begins for Chick-fil-A Dwarf House refit. Five restaurants honored in state’s ‘100 Plates Locals Love.’ Time to vote for favorite restaurant (and retailer, attraction) in Bartow.


The countdown is under way for the June 22 closing of Chick-fil-A Dwarf House on Shorter Avenue as crews will quickly come in to build a new restaurant, rechristened Truett’s Chick-fil-A. News of the countdown spread quickly on social media Monday afternoon with this update: “We can say with much excitement that our store will close for a refresh in 19 days. Don’t worry … we’ll be back better than ever.”

The restaurant at 264 Shorter Ave. NW has been in operation for more than 24 years. The plan is for a “scrape and build,” basically starting over on mostly ther same footprint at Midtown Crossing. What’s due by November: “A remodel, bringing the chain’s newest restaurant design and an increased capacity to a new, more convenient design for guests – all the while still providing the same full-service dining, self-serve dining, and drive through options.”

Look for vintage heritage interior design, dining room capacity of 150 customers, dual drive-through lines, more patio seating and double the kitchen space. inside as well as additional patio seating and an increased kitchen capacity nearly double that of the original. Inside you find subway tile and large windows as well as “a large gathering table made from reclaimed wood, and a custom light fixture made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles.”

That “little red door” — the entrance to the Rome Dwarf House — also will be part of the new design.

In the interim, Chick-fil-A will continue to offer drive-through service less than a mile away at the custom-designed “container” site off Riverside Parkway that opened last October. Both the Mount Berry Mall Chick-fil-A and Riverside locations will continue to manage all catering orders throughout the renovation.

For more: https://www.facebook.com/RomeDwarfHouse/.


Statewide notice for four area restaurants: Four “plates” served by Northwest Georgia restaurants have made the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division’s 2018 state culinary guide, Georgia Eats. The fourth annual digest-sized guide features the wildly popular “100 Plates Locals Love” list, as well as 10 flavor tours that “showcase inspiring dining options, a gallery of the state’s most Instagrammable foods, unique festivals, delectable recipes from a few of Georgia’s celebrated chefs and more.” Expanded details are available at ExploreGeorgia.org. Those local plates and locations include:

Rueben, Christian & Jakes Bistro, Calhoun. Large amount of meat; perfect combination of flavors. –Sally W.

Seared Scallops, Seasons, Rome. What’s not to love about pan-seared scallops with beurre blanc sauce and wild mushroom risotto! –Angela D.

Georgia Trout, Table 20, Cartersville. This dish is absolutely scrumptious! The parmesan asparagus risotto pairs perfectly with the tender flaky trout, and it is cooked to perfection every time I order it! –Jenni M.

Italian Pot Roast, Taverna Mediterranean Grill, Cartersville. It feels like Sunday dinner when you need your momma! –Lynnanne M.

A “top 10” entry was for another Rome favorite:

Soul Rolls, Harvest Moon Cafe, Rome. Collard greens are synonymous with the South, but this preparation breaks the stereotype of mushy overcooked greens. The bacon and the crisp apple enhance the collards, and the honey chipotle sauce completes the dish while leaving you wanting more.

The Cartersville-Bartow County Convention and Visitors Bureau has opened its annual voting for the 2018 People’s Choice Awards for Best Shop, Best Restaurant, and Best Attraction. The voting survey can be found on our homepage at VisitCartersvilleGA.org. Remember all tourism businesses within Bartow County are eligible to receive votes. If you wish to share the survey via social media please copy and paste this link to share.

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