Dining: Work begins on new Popeye’s in West Rome. Taco war brewing on Ga. 53 in Calhoun. Some changes already at Bucket o’ Shrimp site in East Rome.

Dining: Work begins on new Popeye’s in West Rome. Taco war brewing on Ga. 53 in Calhoun. Some changes already at Bucket o’ Shrimp site in East Rome.

 

  1. Popeye’s under way in West Rome: The former bank is so much rubble next to Winslette’s Pharmacy as piping and other needs are now on site for the new Popeye’s as the franchise returns to West Rome. Look for up to six months of buildout and finishing The former location on Shorter Avenue closed following a fire and has been replaced by …

2 … Burger King’s new home on Shorter Avenue: The transition from the former restaurant across the street to the new location adjacent to Heritage First Bank’s West Rome office is complete. A decent lunch crowd was forming at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, New Year’s Day. We’ve not heard any plans yet for the former location, which still carries the logo with “closed” on the message board.


3. Taco war about to explode? This above photo, taken Saturday by Natalie Simms for Hometown Headlines, shows the great reception for the new Del Taco on Ga. 53. Across the street, work continues on restoring Taco Bell, which was hit hard by a fire. Restaurant Specialties Inc. posted the below photo in late November as work began in restoring and remodeling the restaurant just in front of Ingles off Ga. 53. The building was stripped mostly to its interior walls when we drove by Monday afternoon (and forgot to go back for the picture). It will need several more months work before the Taco War of Ga. 53 escalates. Why escalates vs. erupts? Don’t forget Calhoun also is home to Taco House at 803 S. Wall St.; it has a 4.7 out of 5 rating from nearly 640 Facebook fans. Plus the city has its share of Mexican restaurants as well.

Courtesy of Restaurant Specialties Inc.

Bucket o Shrimp at 1517 Dean Ave. continues to tweak its East Rome location. Hometown photo.

 

4. Bucket o’ Shrimp can’t get here fast enough: Our “sidewalk superintendents” — the folks who drive by the new Bucket o’ Shrimp each weekday — are excited by some of the visual changes under way, let alone the restaurant’s pending opening. This photo shows the expanded pad poured over the holiday break while dumpsters have been on site as interior work continues. There’s no opening date set as yet. For more on the restaurant, please see the original spot in Gainesville.

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