Due next month, Legends Cafe & Grill is moving into the former of M&J Home Cooking location at 2214 Shorter Ave. just below the Redmond intersection. The early Facebook page advertises “whole wings” as well as regular wings and a lot of TVs. As for M&J: Regulars have been watching the restaurant and the Facebook page for a return. In March, M&J switched to a to-go format because of the pandemic but later closed. We have a friend who still mourns the loss of those “succulent” chicken livers.
As for Legends: The cafe’s new Facebook page already has more than 400 likes. Michael Dean has stopped by the city clerk’s office for a business permit but has not applied for an alcohol pouring license as yet. The Alcohol Control Commission meets a week from Monday so if they want a permit, now’s the time.
Watching and waiting at the Brewhouse: The windows are covered and there’s talk of a sale (see this week’s Rome News-Tribune) but there’s nothing official yet happening at the city clerk’s office in terms of ownership changes and new license holders. Eric McJunkin purchased the business from Jay Shell soon after Rome City Brewing Co. opened down the street (see updates below)
Speakcheesy moving back to mobile service: Founder Hillery Sawyer shared a Facebook note last week about changes after a very successful run at Rome City Brewing Co. — which likewise is changing directions. Says Sawyer:
“It is time for our business to pivot and focus on our food truck. We’ve been working through some challenging circumstances these past few months, along with other small businesses — our partners at the brewery included. Though we’ve met most of these challenges and circumstances head on to survive and conquer, it is time for us to make some changes that will benefit our business in the long term… Speakcheesy may not be able to be your choice for daily dining in the future, we may not have a brick and mortar, and we may not have a weekly truck schedule right away, but we assure you Speakcheesy is not going anywhere. During the past seven months, we’ve had the opportunity to rebuild our little tree damaged truck, and she is 20% away from being back on the road. We will continue to take on events and caterings in the fall months as safety and schedule allow. We will still be functioning as a business just as our business did pre-Rome City Brewing. firstname.lastname@example.org.”
And we had an additional conversation on Friday about what’s next. It sounds like an ultimate road trip for Speakcheesy:
“We are taking the food truck on the road. We’ve bought a Ford Transit van to convert into a camper van and its our goal to travel around the southeast, and eventually beyond, road tripping, doing small events as we go. We’ve gotten set up with a program called Harvest Host that connects us to wineries, breweries and distilleries across the U.S. that lets you camp in your self-contained van. Our plan is to organize events with some of our hosts so we can travel and spread the love of grilled cheese. Of course following protocols and applying for temporary licensing as we need it.”
But that’s coming up. For now …
“Speakcheesy is leaving brewery to go back to the truck full time. We have a good looking fall season ahead, though it doesn’t look like our previous seasons it’s still strong and we are taking on lots of smaller events like the early days.”
You may recall the food truck was damaged by a storm several months ago. Says Sawyer:
“We just have to put back together …The truck should be all finished by the 20th of this month. We are doing tent set ups and bookings as per usual leading up to that date.”
And what about Rome City Brewing Co.? With the brewing equipment sold and soon to be moved to Acworth, owner Jay Shell is looking at a classic move of his own — reviving the theme of his successful 333 on Broad — which is where the brewery has been based. Shell hopes to reopen in October and a few familiar faces will return to the kitchen to offer eight or so favorites. The concept: The restaurant downstairs and the Tap Room upstairs. The building itself remains on the market. The listing