Dining: ‘What’ll ya have… what’ll ya have?’ How about The Varsity looking seriously in Cartersville near the new auto museum?

Dining: ‘What’ll ya have… what’ll ya have?’ How about The Varsity looking seriously in Cartersville near the new auto museum?

 

The lot in front of Tractor Supply just down from the soon-to-open Savoy Automobile Museum in Cartersville is undergoing due diligence now for a potential Varsity location.

 

A “naked dog” could be about to change Northwest Georgia’s dining habits.

The Varsity, a mainstay in Atlanta that has spread to Kennesaw, Dawsonville, Athens and almost Rome more than a decade ago, could be coming to Cartersville. The rumored site is in front of Tractor Supply at Tennessee Street just beyond the Ga. 20 turn toward I-75 is progressing. The deal has yet to close.

Company representatives have declined comment for now. Barry Henderson of JB Henderson Properties, the company leading rapid development at the intersection and surrounding acres, confirms the restaurant chain “has shown interesting in the site” but adds nothing is final as yet.

The news comes as Savoy Automobile Museum shifts to overdrive with a Dec. 8 opening. The corner has seen Speedway, Family Savings Credit Union and others pop up in recent years with much more to come. In fact, there could be some tie-ins with The Varsity.

The Varsity opened on Peachtree Street in Atlanta in 1928. It has expanded over the years and recently made headlines by closing the Athens location with two restaurants replacing it on Parkway Boulevard and another in an emerging strip in nearby Bethlehem. You can track the restaurant’s evolution in a very colorful timeline here.

But more important is The Varsity’s menu: Hot dogs, burgers, chicken, fries and onion rings, the Varsity Orange, shakes, soft drinks and some great combos. The menu

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