The restaurant, which was originally located at 3989 Martha Berry Highway in Armuchee, opened in 1978. It relocated to the East Rome location in 1993 following a fire that caused extensive damages to the original building.
The restaurant specialized in seafood, steaks and Italian specialty dishes.
It was the only upscale restaurant located within a stone’s throw of seven major hotels near the intersection of Chateau Drive and U.S. 411 East and had been a multiple winner of the Rome News-Tribune People’s Choice awards through the years. It has also been featured in the Fine Dining, Georgia Style Cookbook.
“We appreciate the people of Floyd County and Rome who supported us for all these years,” owner John Thomas said. “I wish I could shake their hands and say thank you to everyone of them individually.”
Linda Smith at the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau said she was saddened that a locally owned business, which has been around for more than three decades, is gone.
“I think it is a great location,” Smith said. “I certainly hope that there will be a future for that restaurant because there are a lot of people surrounding there that it would be convenient for them to have lunch or dinner.”
As it turns out, it was location that Thomas blames for his loss of business in recent years. He traces his problems all the way back to the closure of the Holiday Inn Skytop Center.
“Over here we don’t have anything to draw. It’s strictly a destination restaurant,” Thomas said. “Right now people go to Broad Street or Turner McCall. It’s so busy down there.”
Morgan Ayers, of Re/Max of Rome, said that the Thomas family had listed the business with his agency for several months last year before taking it off the market. The restaurant was put back on the market before Christmas.