In context: Yet another local favorite is exiting the restaurant side of the food industry. For the third time in under a week, a popular local restaurant has closed or announced plans to stop in-person dining. It started with O’Charley’s in Rome (the site eventually will give way to Buffalo Wild Wings) and was followed by Crawdaddy seafood / grill. Those followed two independents in downtown Rome: Rome City Brewing Co. and Jamwich.
Timbo’s Smokehouse is converting its storefront opened in March 2020 to an events/catering location at the end of the month, focusing on what helped build the brand over the past seven years. It follows the closings last week of O’Charley’s and Crawdaddy seafood/grill in Rome.
In a December 2019 interview with Hometown Headlines, Tim McGinnis talked about transforming his popularTimbo’s Smokehouse food truck and catering service to a store front at Triangle Shopping Center at 1603 Nathan Dean Parkway. It opened in March 2020. They had discussed it for more than a year thanks to the growing success of his on-site truck and catering.
But after 17 month — including the first peak of the pandemic — McGinnis is making needed changes. He’ll use the storefront for catered private events. They’ll continue to do on-location catering as well.
This is a similar to the conversion made by Johnny Mitchell’s Smokehouse in Cartersville several years ago: Closing the restaurant and instead offering an events location as well as catering.
You can follow updates on Timbo’s Smokehouse Facebook page.