Dining & Drink: From a wine tasting room to gourmet ice cream and cookies to a second home for a community favorite, 2021 will get off to a fast start in Rome, Cartersville.

Dining & Drink: From a wine tasting room to gourmet ice cream and cookies to a second home for a community favorite, 2021 will get off to a fast start in Rome, Cartersville.

A few things ahead in 2021 — and some sooner than you think: Even while battling the pandemic, Northwest Georgia saw plenty of new businesses arrive. The River District — Fifth Avenue and connecting neighborhoods — saw newcomers such as Cabell’s Design and Bluem. The first restaurants at East Bend arrived with retail soon to follow. A few other businesses changed their operating formulas — and a few addresses — as well. So what’s on the way next? A few we’re watching:

William and Shannon Newby’s Newby Farm and Vineyard wine tasting room at 411 Broad St., the recent home of AR Workshop. They have a bountiful vineyard on 58 acres at 602D Billy Pyle Road (21.5 tons of grape this year; each ton capable of producing 750 bottles of wine). At last check, William Newby was collecting needed permits and continuing renovations of the downtown Rome storefront. What’s on the way: Eight to 10 flights of wines (reds, whites and roses); charcuterie boards of meats, cheese and more; perhaps sandwiches; some event space and probably other farm-grown products such as honey. A tour of some of the state’s winery and Georgia-grown sites already are noting the vineyard — a plus when it comes to tapping into the wine destination business.

  • William Newby posts video tour of what’s to come at the wine tasting location. Tour
As seen on Dec. 11. Hometown photo.

 

Great American Cookies and Marble Slab Creamery, Cartersville: Signage is up and interior work continuing at the original Cartersville home of Old Havana Cigar (now downtown). Hiring is under way and, at last check, contractors were being interviewed to help complete interior work. Premium ice cream has been a rarity in Northwest Georgia and we’re grateful for the success Mountains has seen in downtown Rome. The arrival of the cookies/ice cream double header in Cartersville — especially an exit north of LakePoint Sports, a magnet for youth baseball and other sports — should be a plus.


The former Fuddruckers site at Riverside Parkway and the Bypass is coming full circle in about a year. The gourmet burger restaurant closed suddenly last March, before the pandemic hit, and sat idle for months. The owners of the Pick o’ Deli on Dean Avenue have big plans for a “Riverside” location there, complete with a drive-through window. A memorabilia sale was held earlier this month and interior work is continuing. The move is strategic, especially with the loss of M & J Home Cooking on Shorter Avenue in West Rome and the closing of the Homestead near Etowah Park.

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