Dining: A taste of Puerto Rico now open in Calhoun at Boriken Restaurant. Permits approved for alcohol at new Fairfield Inn (restaurant planned), wine at Eggs Up Grill — and ‘drag show’ returns to Tortaco on Broad.

Dining: A taste of Puerto Rico now open in Calhoun at Boriken Restaurant. Permits approved for alcohol at new Fairfield Inn (restaurant planned), wine at Eggs Up Grill — and ‘drag show’ returns to Tortaco on Broad.


Pernil sandwich from Boriken Restaurant in Calhoun, the region’s newest Puerto Rican restaurant.


Here’s a genre we don’t see a lot in Northwest Georgia: Puerto Rica cuisine. We have friends, natives of Puerto Rico, who frequent several such restaurants in Atlanta and maybe one or two a bit closer to Rome but none this close. It appears Borkien Restaurant off South Wall Street in Calhoun has the market here (and some very nice reviews on Facebook, 4.5 out of 5 from 16 reviewers).

Just a few weeks old, it already has 1,100 followers. You can take a video tour here.

The restaurant earned a 100 on the initial Public Health restaurant inspection and another 100 on a routine check on Wednesday.

What to know:

  • Menu: You’ll need to check it in the restaurant’s Facebook page photo gallery.
  • Hours: 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; closed Monday.
  • Address: 100 Peters St.,  Suite 8 (off South Wall Street).
  • Phone: 706-383-6758   / Facebook

The Fairfield Inn, seen here in a September photo, has been granted a pouring permit and also will include a restaurant.


Rome’s Alcohol Control Commission met Monday evening and acted on three proposals with ties to area dining spots. The following comes from the minutes of that meeting:

Fairfield Inn and Suites, 90 Match Point Way: The application of Christopher McGee, manager of the Fairfield Inn and Suites, was presented. Mr. McGee requested that a new Beer, Wine, and Liquor Pouring License be issued to him at that location. This hotel, currently under construction, is adjacent to the Rome Tennis Center at Berry

Mr. McGee stated that this is not the typical Fairfield Inn and that this property was somewhat custom designed for this specific location and use. Most Fairfield Inns do not
have a bar; however, this facility will and will also offer a restaurant with more selections than is typically found at a Fairfield Inn. The planned opening date is December 2021,
and Mr. McGee anticipates approximately six employees that will be involved in the service of food and beverage. He elaborated on the corporate training policies regarding
alcohol for Fairfield employees. They will likely use the TIPS Training System, and there will also be cameras at this facility.

Mr. Kendrick moved to approve the Beer, Wine, and Liquor Pouring License request as submitted, subject to all final inspections and approvals by the appropriate City officials.
Mr. VanMeter seconded, and the vote was unanimously in favor.

Eggs Up Grill, 1467 Turner McCall Blvd. The application of Kenneth Wright, owner and manager of Eggs Up Grill was presented. Mr. Wright requested that a new Beer and Wine Pouring License be issued to him at that location. Mr. Wright explained that Eggs Up Grill is located in the East Bend development on Turner McCall Boulevard, and his plan is to offer mimosas to his customers and perhaps some of the popular hard seltzers.

Eggs Up Grill is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. This restaurant opened in March of 2021 and has approximately 25 employees, 10 of which are on the serving staff. Eggs
Up Grill corporate has specific training policies for employees at alcohol establishments. The TIPS Program or the Serve Safe Program would likely be used.

There was some discussion regarding the time in which wine can be poured in the City of Rome. Beer pouring can begin as early as 6 a.m.; however, currently, wine (as verified
by Assistant City Attorney Stephen Moseley) cannot be poured until 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday (and 11 a.m. on Sundays).

Mr. Cooper moved to approve the Beer and Wine Pouring License at Eggs Up Grill as requested. Mr. Kendrick seconded, and the vote was unanimously in favor.

Tortaco, 201 Broad St., Suite 100 – Special Entertainment Request

Representatives from Tortaco, 201 Broad St., Suite 100 were present to request permission to hold special entertainment. Tortaco does not currently have an
Entertainment License, but would like to add that license and have entertainment that is, in addition to the normally allowed entertainment of disc jockeys or bands and normal
patron dancing.

The request, specifically at this time, is to allow a “drag show” at this location. It was explained that these types of events are currently popular, and Tortaco has already held
one event without the realization that an Entertainment License and prior permission were needed. Tortaco apologized for that oversight and requested permission to hold that
type of event in the future. It was explained that these events would in no way violate the City of Rome’s Adult Entertainment Ordinance, and they are not risqué in any manner.

Tortaco is interested in having this type of show approximately every other month at this time. If the event is held, the first show would be at 7 p.m., and the second show at 10
p.m. Security is provided by Tortaco, and the Rome Police Chief always has the authority to require additional security if needed.

After a brief discussion by the ACC, Mr. Kendrick moved to approve the Special Entertainment License request as submitted, with the understanding that this
entertainment would not violate any of Rome’s ordinances, or State of Georgia statutes, Mr. VanMeter seconded the motion, and the vote was unanimously in favor.

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