Thom Holt of Realty One Group Insight of Rome has sold the former Paul’s Oyster Bar to La Iglesia De Cristo De Rome. The restaurant — and Rome’s first microbrewery — was owned by state Sen. Chuck Hufstetler and family, and had been on the market since the restaurant closed in 2012. The $170,000 deal closed Oct. 30. Hufstetler says the church plans to completely redo the location before moving in.
Paul’s was a mainstay for years off Alabama Highway. Even through on the outskirts of Rome, it had a steady base of customers from all corners of the community. Hufstetler expanded it several times, including a porch for outdoor dining and later with the region’s first brewery, making craft beer with water imported from the spring at Cave Spring. Among the offerings was a Golden Ale, a light brew.
Hufstetler closed the restaurant as he prepared to join the Georgia State Senate. He was re-elected to a new term serving District 52 this past Tuesday, representing Floyd as well as parts of Bartow, Gordon and Chattooga counties. He won by a 77-23 percent margin.