Dining: Fuel Hickory Smoked, Blossom Hill barbecue coming to Rome. Now open in Rome, Chipotle targets Cartersville’s Main Street.

Dining: Fuel Hickory Smoked, Blossom Hill barbecue coming to Rome. Now open in Rome, Chipotle targets Cartersville’s Main Street.


Fuel Hickory Smoked barbecue is coming to 5 E. 12th St. Hometown photo.

Amid the openings of new franchises at East Bend in Rome, a few independents are raising their hands as well — both involving some upgrades. And both settling on one of the region’s most popular food genres: barbecue.

On the way are Fuel Hickory Smoked barbecue on East 12th Street at the site of a beloved former Mexican restaurant as well as Blossom Hill BBQ & Burgers just behind Aventine off West Third and East Fourth Avenue. What we know . . .

More than a decade ago, Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant was a big draw at 5 E. 12th St. Fans of authentic Mexican would make the trip, just across the tracks from the Floyd County Health Department and apartments down from Maple Avenue. But it closed as friends said the family had moved back up north and while another establishment or two would open there, they were gone soon after.

But in recent months, location has been the site of upgrades. A bright, red paint now wraps the restaurant and a wooden deck/porch has been added. Recently added temporary signs tell of Fuel Hickory Smoked barbecue coming soon.

On her Facebook page, Domonique Henderson has been giving friends and fans regular updates on the project. We’ll continue to track those updates to see when Rome’s next barbecue spot will open.


And then there’s Blossom Hill Barbecue & Burgers on West Third Street.

Since November, almost quietly as if anything on Facebook can stay quiet, a series of photographs have been posted from the account of “Blossom Hill BBQ & Burgers.” Each one shows progress being made on East Fourth Avenue off West Third Street behind Aventine and adjacent to Dempsey Auction.

The former Bryant heating and air building — carrying a plaque for the Horton Building circa 1950 — is being transformed into a barbecue restaurant as the River District continues to transform. The “registered agent” for the project is a familiar name: Kevin Dillmon of Aventine and Honeymoon Bakery per state incorporation papers filed in August. Dillmon spent much of 2019 having the adjoining building transformed into Aventine, opening in November of that year.

How things looked Monday on either side of Blossom Hill off West Third Street. Hometown photos.


Chipotle continues Northwest Georgia growth with planned Cartersville location: Bids are sought on a restaurant planned for 405 E. Main St. in front of Academy Sports and Outdoors, according to LDI. Land work has been under way for several months. Look for around 2,300 square feet under roof. The project is said to be worth from $300,000 to $399,000. The Rome location opened at East Bend off Turner McCall in October. What to know about Chipotle.

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